Blackout Wars

I want to introduce you to one of the most authoritative sources on the vulnerability of our critical infrastructure, Blackout Wars. In the interest of full disclosure, I also need to offer a little of my background with the author. I met Dr. Peter Vincent Pry a few years ago when I asked him to factcheck an article I published on the vulnerability of the grid. After which, Dr. Pry also vetted the description I wrote of America's vulnerability to attack in my thriller Patriarch Run. I was extremely fortunate that a person of Dr. Pry's stature took the time to read my work. He was even kind enough to endorse the realism of my novel's description of the threat to the grid. Thus, began our relationship. As I became increasingly alarmed by the gravity of the threat I had researched for my thriller, I got more and more involved in solving the problem. As a matter of fact, I now work under Dr. Pry at the Colorado EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security.

Having disclosed that relationship, I'd like to encourage you to read one of the most authoritative sources on the subject of our nation's security. Dr. Pry's book Blackout Wars is about a threat to our civilization of unprecedented magnitude. Over the last century, our population has grown so large that we simply cannot sustain it without a reliable source of electricity. If the grid were to be attacked or to go down from natural causes (such as a coronal mass ejection), the entire population of the United States would be at risk. There would be no food. No clean water. No sanitation. No communications. No transportation. No finance. In short, the critical infrastructures that sustains us would be lost.

There are several realistic mechanisms of destruction that could lead to this catastrophe, including an EMP attack, a cyberattack, mechanical sabotage and a coronal mass ejection. Blackout Wars warns that terrorists and rogue states know how to exploit this incredible weakness.

If you want to be up to date on the most underreported threat civilization has ever faced, read Dr. Pry's book! You can also watch the film National Geographic made about another book of Dr. Pry's at my Discussion Guide.

About Dr. Pry: Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, a Congressional Advisory Board dedicated to achieving protection of the United States from electromagnetic pulse (EMP), cyber attack, mass destruction terrorism and other threats to civilian critical infrastructures on an accelerated basis. Dr. Pry also is Director of the United States Nuclear Strategy Forum, an advisory board to Congress on policies to counter Weapons of Mass Destruction. Dr. Pry served on the staffs of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States (2008-2009); the Commission on the New Strategic Posture of the United States (2006-2008); and the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack (2001-2008). Dr. Pry served as Professional Staff on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) of the U.S. Congress, with portfolios in nuclear strategy, WMD, Russia, China, NATO, the Middle East, Intelligence, and Terrorism (1995-2001). Dr. Pry was an Intelligence Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency responsible for analyzing Soviet and Russian nuclear strategy, operational plans, military doctrine, threat perceptions, and developing U.S. paradigms for strategic warning (1985-1995). He also served as a Verification Analyst at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency responsible for assessing Soviet compliance with strategic and military arms control treaties (1984-1985). Dr. Pry has written numerous books on national security issues, including Apocalypse Unknown: The Struggle To Protect America From An Electromagnetic Pulse Catastrophe; Electric Armageddon: Civil-Military Preparedness For An Electromagnetic Pulse Catastrophe; War Scare: Russia and America on the Nuclear Brink; Nuclear Wars: Exchanges and Outcomes; The Strategic Nuclear Balance: And Why It Matters; and Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal. Dr. Pry often appears on TV and radio as an expert on national security issues. The BBC made his book War Scare into a two-hour TV documentary Soviet War Scare 1983 and his book Electric Armageddon was the basis for another TV documentary Electronic Armageddon made by the National Geographic.


Benjamin Dancer

Benjamin is the author of the literary thriller Patriarch Run, the first book in a series that will include Fidelityand The Story of the Boy. He also writes about parenting, education, sustainability and national security.

Benjamin works as an Advisor at a Colorado high school where he has made a career out of mentoring young people as they come of age. His work with adolescents has informed his stories, which are typically themed around fatherhood and coming-of-age.

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