The extended loss of electric power is our nation?s most glaring national security weakness. Energy is an overarching component that comprises the strength and vitality of America ? it is the blood within the circulatory system that allows everything to run. If energy is drained from the system, then the rest of the structure will buckle and break down. However, concerns about a power grid breakdown are seldom discussed by citizens or the media; nor are they planned for by those involved in energy production and protection. There is no doubt that this threat places the sovereignty of our nation in jeopardy.