Amb. Henry F. Cooper, Chairman Lt. Gen. Daniel Graham, Founder
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Ten Dark Days! By Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
October 25, 2013
This Sunday evening, watch the National Geographic Channel at 9 PM to view an important presentation on what it would mean to you and your family if we lost the electric power grid for 10 days. Just imagine what it would mean if we lost the grid for much longer and get involved in urging the powers that be to provide for the common defense as they are sworn to do.
I repeat yesterday’s strong advice in Blackout on Steroids that you view the National Geographic Channel’s 2 hour presentation, American Blackout, at 9 PM this Sunday, October 27th. And I suggest that you record it for future reviewing in whatever bites at time you and your family/friends may wish to take. For a trailer to whet your appetite, click here.
The scenario in this presentation elaborates the cascading failure of the national electric power grid, precipitated by a cyber attack, illustrating that the nation’s collective lifeblood is the electricity that flows through the grid. Given the U.S. state of unpreparedness, terrorists or nation states could exploit the global interconnectivity of the world-wide-web to bring down the grid. We may find it hard to trace the origin of such an attack.
While some may consider losing the entire electric power grid to be a worst case cyber attack scenario, no informed individual can argue that such an outcome on the current grid is implausible.
As we discussed yesterday, an August 14, 2003 chain of events, beginning with the loss of a few power stations due to high energy load, escalated with help from a combination of human error and tall trees, into the worst blackout in history. All told, 50 million people in the Midwest, Northeast and Ontario, Canada, lost power for up to 4 days. A few generating plant failures and a few transmission lines shorting out by touching trees set off a massive chain of transmission line and generating failures across a huge portion of the electrical grid. Such a cascading power transmission failure is nearly impossible to stop before it has eliminated almost all power transmission in a large area.
The National Geographic scenario is just 2.5 times longer for a scenario that shuts down the entire grid. After reviewing the fictional, but realistically illustrative, description of what might happen in ten days, contemplate what might be the case if the grid was lost permanently—e.g., after an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. You’d think the powers that be would harden he grid so that this would not happen.