National Critical Infrastructure

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This refers to the definition of Critical Infrastructures and Critical Infrastructure Sectors by nations.

International Definitions


Critical Infrastructure which, if disrupted or destroyed, would have a serious impact on the health, safety, security or economic well-being of nations or the effective functioning of governments in EAPC nations. [1]

National Definitions


National critical infrastructure is Critical Infrastructure on Belgium territory of which disruption or destruction would have a significant impact on the nation. [2]

United Kingdom (UK)

The term Critical National Infrastructure is used.

United States

Military JP 3-28 (withdrawn definition)
National critical infrastructure and key assets (NCI&KA) are the infrastructure and assets vital to a nation’s security, governance, public health and safety, economy, and public confidence. [3]



  1. NATO EAPC(SCEPC) lexicon 2003.
  2. Service Public Fédéral Intérieur/Federale Overheidsdienst Binnenlandse Zaken F./N. 2011-1799; C-2011/00399 (2011)
  3. Was defined in an earlier version of DoD Joint Publication 3-28, but the definition has been withdrawn. It was defined before as well in JP3-26 on Homeland Security.