Secretary Perry Warned of Polar Vortex-Induced Blackouts & FERC Dismissed Him

February 1, 2019

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute.  

In 2017, Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed incentives for electricity companies to keep 90 days of back up fuel, to both bolster national security and help prevent blackouts during severe weather events, including polar vortexes. 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was quick to dismiss this effort and maintain its “business as usual” approach to allowing the energy industry to set the rules.  Since 2010, immediately after the appointment of Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, FERC has also helped cover up the names of energy companies who have violated many different types of safety and security protocols.

Yesterday, midst the rising death toll from a polar vortex that has left thousands without power, Commissioner LaFleur announced her resignation.  We pray that her replacement will embrace the Trump administration’s energy security policies, rather than obstruct them. 

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Real National Security Experts are a Real Threat – To the Bad Guys

May 30, 2018

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute.  

Two of the world’s rogue nations that have actively prepared to attack America’s most critical infrastructure – our electric grid – are the Islamic Republic of Iran and North Korea.  Such an attack could put at risk the very survival of our civilization. 

Thankfully, one of our nation’s foremost experts on these threats has been appointed as Chief of Staff for the National Security Council in the White House.  Fred Fleitz – A career CIA officer and incredible patriot – is just the man we need in that position. 

Predictably, he is under assault by supporters of the flawed Iran deal, apologists for the Global Jihad Movement, HAMAS-linked Muslim Brotherhood front groups here in America, and organizations funded by George Soros. 

If you value expertise on the real threats to our nation, including those to the grid, visit and Secure Freedom social media channels and do your part to support Fred Fleitz.

Deals and Deception – Why We MUST Secure Our Grid

May 2, 2018

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute.  

News outlets this week are filled with commentary about the prospect for a “deal” between North Korean dictator Kim Jon Un and his democratically elected southern counterpart.  Our nation’s leaders must remember that a deal is only as good as the people making it, a fact made clear today by Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he unveiled an "atomic archive" of evidence that Iran continued to develop its nuclear program  despite the “Iran Deal.”  

Since it only takes a single nuclear weapon detonated at high altitude to produce and EMP and take down our electric grid, we must – no matter what deals are made – proceed full speed ahead with our own nuclear force modernization, spaced-based missile defense, and EMP protection of our electric grid. 

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President Trump’s National Security Strategy – A GREAT Step in the Right Direction!

January 8, 2018

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute. 

Just days before Christmas President Trump announced his new National Security Strategy.  This strategy is a significant and positive departure from those published by his predecessors.  Important elements of this strategy give hope to those of us who care deeply about protecting America’s most critical infrastructure – the Electric Grid. 

First, the strategy admits vulnerability to this infrastructure by cyber, physical, and electromagnetic attack.  Admitting that you have a problem is the first step to fixing it.   

Second, the strategy calls for defending our infrastructure against these types of attacks and, specifically, for strengthening our nation’s missile defense – a call to action that is long overdue.

Finally, the strategy calls for America to “build a culture of preparedness.” Look no further than Puerto Rico to prove that resilience and preparedness is an absolutely must for all Americans today. 

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Atlanta Travelers Weren’t Ready. Will YOU BE When the Grid Goes Down?

December 18, 2017

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute. 

Yesterday the busiest airport in the world suffered an electrical blackout lasting about 10 hours.  Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s announcement that “authorities immediately started distributing water” to travelers after the power went down, illustrates just how unprepared most Americans are to go anywhere or do anything without the support of a constant flow of electricity.  How ready are YOU to live without power?  

Our nation’s enemies – such as North Korea and Iran – know very well just how devastating it would be for America to lose its grid, which is why they are planning and rehearsing ways to attack it – the most catastrophic being through a nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse – or EMP – attack which would devastate the grid and all infrastructure upon which it depends.  Have our elected officials taken the EMP threat seriously?  Absolutely not.  Will you? 

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FERC Stonewalls Energy Secretary Perry on Grid Resilience Directive

December 12, 2017

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute. 

Stonewalling is “The act of refusing communication, stalling, or evading, especially to avoid revealing embarrassing information and escape accountability.”  This is an apt description of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in their treatment of a recent initiative of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to financially incentivize electric generators to build resilience in their operations, in this case rewarding coal and nuclear plants for keeping 90 days of fuel on site.  

Secured on-site fuel storage is just one way to provide for grid resilience and ensure power production after a catastrophe, yet in the midst of the serious EMP threat to our grid from North Korea, FERC’s Commissioners – it seems – want to delay and discredit Secretary Perry’s directive.  Stonewalling = business as usual for the regulators of our electric grid.

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North Korea’s Next Test Just Might Take Out the Internet & Cause a Global Recession!

November 29, 2017

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute. 

Yesterday the North Korean’s proved that they can strike anywhere on earth with an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, which – if nuclear armed and detonated at an altitude of 30Km or higher – would produce an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that would devastate most modern technology within line of sight. 

The Hermit Kingdom may soon conduct an EMP test over the Pacific Ocean which could catastrophically damage submarine communication cables that transmit 90% of international data for the world’s internet and precipitate a global economic recession. Detonated over any populated area – including the U.S. – it would take out the electric grid, causing catastrophic losses of life over time. 

The Foundation for Resilient Societies has done a detailed analysis of the consequences of a North Korean atmospheric nuclear test.  This timely report will be made public tomorrow, 30 November.

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Authorizing Defense Spending With ONE BIG ASSUMPTION

November 15, 2017

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute.   

Thankfully, many Americans are grateful for the service of military and law enforcement but very rarely ever think about the incredible work that is done around the world to provide for their defense.  Another aspect of daily life that most Americans take for granted is electricity, how we depend upon it for every aspect of our civilization, and how without it – not even our military or law enforcement could do their jobs.  

American citizens count on those of us in the business of National Security to be concerned with these challenges, most especially those in the Armed Services Committees of Congress, whom they elected.  Read this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, or just the summary, and you’ll note that it was written with one BIG ASSUMPTION – that electric power will be available. 

Our enemies know this critical vulnerability and are working hard to exploit it.  Let’s pray that the Executive Branch recognizes the shortcomings of this NDAA and appoints a Task Force to rapidly secure our nation’s most critical infrastructure – its electric grid.  Learn more at

We’re Halfway through “Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month”

November 15, 2017

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute. 

President Trump declared November to be Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month – a great step in raising awareness about an issue that can be as “life and death important” as many other topics for which calendar months are dedicated. 

Indeed, we ought to greatly applaud the unsung heroes in our society that keep that infrastructure running.  From electricians and linemen working in the weather to repair and maintain transmission and distribution lines to cyber defense professionals spending hours doing thankless tedious work behind the computer screen, to the men and women who treat and transport our sewage and provide for us fresh drinkable water – they all deserve our utmost appreciation this month. 

The Secure The Grid Coalition encourages you to take some time during the last half of this month to learn more about the nation’s 16 different critical infrastructures, and what threatens them, by visiting us at

Studying Something To Death: What if your doctor never treated your illness?

November 13, 2017

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute.    

Let’s for a minute imagine that our nation’s most critical infrastructure – the electric grid – were our own human body being attacked by a disease that could spell death in short order.  Would we want our health care provider to schedule check-up after check-up to study the sickness when they possessed a team of physicians with the ability to treat it?  What if the provider decided to fire that very team with the expertise needed to keep us alive?  

Well, that’s exactly what the U.S. Government has done when it comes to the deadly threat to our nation’s electric grid from Electromagnetic Pulse.  Congress’s current National Defense Authorization Act scuttles the free world’s best experts on EMP, replaces them with parties unknown, and calls for yet another study due on April 1st, 2019.

While our government “studies this topic to death” you can get smart on EMP and other threats to the grid at