Expert panel on EMP threat: Electric grid protection urgently needed – Support H.R. 2417

by 1389 on July 26, 2013

in 1389 (blog admin), EMP (electromagnetic pulse), Iran, IRGC (Iran), nuclear weapons, security, U.S. Senate and Congress

This is truly vital. Please contact your US representative.

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Published on Jul 25, 2013 by securefreedom


Washington, D.C.—Yesterday, a distinguished panel of six industry and policy experts, moderated by Center President and CEO Frank Gaffney, convened at the National Press Club to discuss challenges and solutions regarding Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attacks as well as naturally occuring EMP events. Dr. Henry Cooper, former Director, Strategic Defense Initiative Dr. Peter Pry, former Executive Director, Congressional EMP Threat Commission Clare Lopez, former career CIA Officer Peter Huessy, national security expert Stephen Spiker, The Polling Company Michael Del Rosso, former Chairman, IEEE-USA Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee

113th Congress (2013-2014): H.R.2417 – Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act

Introduced in House (06/18/2013)

Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act or SHIELD Act – Amends the Federal Power Act to authorize the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), with or without notice, hearing, or report, to order emergency measures to protect the reliability of either the bulk-power system or the defense critical electric infrastructure whenever the President issues a written directive or determination identifying an imminent grid security threat.

Directs FERC to consult with governmental authorities in Canada, Mexico, and the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) regarding implementation of emergency measures.

Prescribes: (1) implementation procedures; and (2) related cost recovery measures affecting owners, operators, and users of either the bulk-power system or the defense critical electric infrastructure.

Directs FERC to require any owner, user, or operator of the domestic bulk-power system to implement measures to protect the system against specified vulnerabilities.

Requires FERC to issue an order directing ERO to submit for approval, within 30 days, a reliability standard requiring implementation, by any owner, operator, or user of the bulk-power system in the United States, of measures to protect the bulk-power system against an identified grid security vulnerability (including a protection plan with automated hardware-based solutions).

Directs FERC also to order the ERO to submit reliability standards to: (1) protect the bulk-power system from a reasonably foreseeable geomagnetic storm event or electromagnetic pulse event (EMP); and (2) require entities that own or operate large transformers to ensure their adequate availability to restore promptly the reliable operation of the bulk-power system in the event of destruction or disability as a result of attack or a geomagnetic storm or EMP.

Directs the Secretary of Energy to establish a program to: (1) develop technical expertise in the protection of electric energy systems against either geomagnetic storms or malicious acts using electronic communications or electromagnetic weapons; and (2) share it with owners, operators, or users of systems for the generation, transmission, or distribution of electric energy located in the United States and with state commissions.

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1 LadyImpactOhio July 27, 2013 at 6:32 pm

We were part of the NE meltdown in 2003. Was a goof on a switch.

Depends on how high they detonate, if they do. Higher the detonation the larger the area of EMP takeout. Israel has been EMPing their essentials for years because of Iranian threat. If Israel would strike Iran they would have to put a bomb high up enough to take out entire ME otherwise Saudis would come in with their fighters.

Israel could and would handle electric blowout if they have to, they are sabras remember.

US couldn’t. Would be all out anarchy. Generators stolen, no ATMs. No credit cards.

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