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.

Zero Days

Zero Days

The bad guy in my realistic thriller Patriarch Run wants to use a sophisticated cyberattack to take down America's power grid. You can review my research and learn just how that can be done at my Discussion Guide. And now there's a new documentary that explores the implications of such an attack.

Executive Order to Prepare Nation for Space Weather Events

Executive Order to Prepare Nation for Space Weather Events

President Obama acknowledged the existential threat our vulnerable power grid poses to our civilization on October 13, 2016, by signing an Executive Order to prepare the Nation for space weather events.  This is significant to me because I finished the first draft of my thriller Patriarch Runwhich highlights the vulnerability of the grid in realistic and accurate detail, in 2010. At that time, people simply weren't taking the threat to the grid seriously. They are now!

National Intelligence Council Reports on Threats to the Grid

National Intelligence Council Reports on Threats to the Grid

The societal catastrophe that would result if the grid went down was once dismissed by many as a concern of conspiracy theorists. Those days are ending as a growing number of authoritative sources have acknowledged the threat in an official capacity. 

World's Most Dangerous Computer Virus

World's Most Dangerous Computer Virus

This BBC Documentary suggests that the Blaster worm caused the largest blackout in North American history: 50 million people without power, $6 billion in damage. The documentary also makes the case that it would be easy to shut down the entire gird with a cyber attack.

Why Isn't More Being Done To Protect The Grid?

Why Isn't More Being Done To Protect The Grid?

"The lifetime probability of a severe solar storm is about 1 in 2 and the chance of resulting catastrophe is substantial, perhaps near 100 percent."

Some Common Misconceptions about Nuclear EMP

Some Common Misconceptions about Nuclear EMP

The tendency exists to downplay the likelihood of an EMP scenario and its associated consequences.

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.

What Was The Carrington Event?

What Was The Carrington Event?

The Carrington Event is the harbinger usually referenced when the threat of space weather is addressed. So I thought it'd be helpful to write a post explaining just what it was.

What Would a Superflare Do To Civilization?

What Would a Superflare Do To Civilization?

One of the scary things I learned in writing my thriller Patriarch Run is that our civilization has unwittingly evolved to become absolutely dependent on the power grid. It's not an exaggeration to say that if the grid went down today and didn't come back up again, most of us would die.