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Are Large Transformers A Threat to National Security?

Are Large Transformers A Threat to National Security?

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) assessed the vulnerability of the large power transformers of the U.S. power grid and identified the vulnerability of the transformers as a major national security concern.

Blackout Wars

Blackout Wars

I want to introduce you to one of the most authoritative sources on the vulnerability of our critical infrastructure, Blackout Wars.

The Near Miss of 2012

The Near Miss of 2012

Here's a great video that describes the near miss of July 2012, when a coronal mass ejection (CME) almost knocked Earth "back to the 18th century."

A Super Solar Flare

A Super Solar Flare

Space weather can cause physical damage to the power grid.

Obstacles to Securing Our Critical Infrastructure - Part 2

Obstacles to Securing Our Critical Infrastructure - Part 2

On 22 May 2016, I ran a guest post from Bill Harris of the Foundation for Resilient Societies Board of Directors, which criticized the NERC regulatory process. The post below is Frank Koza's response. Mr. Koza is the Executive Director of Infrastructure Planning at PJM Interconnection.

Space Weather: An Existential Threat

Space Weather: An Existential Threat

...it was quite surreal to be in a room full of scientists who understood that the factual conversation they were having in the conference hall would be dismissed as the stuff of conspiracy theories if it were to be heard on the street.