In the Dark; Military Planning for a Catastrophic Critical Infrastructure Event

  • May 18, 2011
  • Mr Kevin J Cogan

The preservation of the electric grid is central to the defense of the United States. To assess the state of preparedness of the nation in the event of the loss of critical infrastructure, especially the electrical and communications infrastructure, the Center of Strategic Leadership at the U.S. Army War College conducted a three day workshop which assembled a body of subject matter experts, civic leaders, and electric industry providers to create awareness, discuss threat postures, and recommend actions to better prepare for the possibility of a critical infrastructure failure or collapse of the electrical grid and associated electronic devices due to either a solar storm, electromagnetic pulse (EMP), or a cyber attack.