The Secure The Grid Minute
As Trump Calls for Grid Security, Will Grid Lobbyists Break with Communist China?

As Trump Calls for Grid Security, Will Grid Lobbyists Break with Communist China?

May 5, 2020

 

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure the Grid Minute.  On May 1st, 2020, President Trump issued an unprecedented executive order, taking significant and long overdue steps to remedy what the order described as “a national emergency with respect to the threat to the United States bulk-power system.” It identifies the grave threat to our electrical grid from supply chain vulnerabilities and cyber threats which emanate from countries like Russia and China.

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), which represents nearly all investor-owned U.S. electric utilities and is among the most effective lobbying organizations for the entire utility industry, publicly commended President Trump on his executive order. However, their own membership includes at least two state-owned Chinese electric utilities which have an obligation under Chinese law to “support, assist and cooperate with the state intelligence work.”  

Will EEI side with the President or utilities beholden to Communist China?   Learn more at www.SecureTheGrid.com 

Did Iran just demonstrate they can take down the United States?

Did Iran just demonstrate they can take down the United States?

April 24, 2020

 

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure the Grid Minute. This week, Iran reportedly launched a military satellite using the same advanced technologies that guide intercontinental ballistic missiles, which could deliver nuclear, chemical, or even biological weapons to “wipe Israel off the map,” attack U.S. bases and allies in the region, and even US and NATO installations as far away as Western Europe. 

Most worrisome, though, is that the Iranian’s appear to have just rehearsed a decades-old technique developed by the Soviets which would use what appears to be a peaceful satellite launch as a method of conducting an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack against the US homeland, taking down our electric grid, its communications, and every other critical life sustaining infrastructure with it. Thankfully, this week we also learned of a new report by the Foundation for Resilient Societies, who found that it is technically feasible and affordable for us to protect this communications and grid infrastructure from EMP. 

Learn more at www.SecureTheGrid.com 

As Media Concerns About Iranian Cyber Attacks Diminish, the Threats Persist

As Media Concerns About Iranian Cyber Attacks Diminish, the Threats Persist

January 22, 2020

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure the Grid Minute.  

In the wake of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani liquidation, there was much media concern about the prospect of Iranian cyberattacks on American targets, particularly critical infrastructure such as our electric grid.

As the media concerns about this threat have diminished, our electric grid’s cyber vulnerabilities persist – and to threats from far more capable adversaries than just Iran. Russia and China have made cyber intrusions into our grid for more than a decade, embedding malware that – to this day – the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), refuses to compel the electric utilities to remove.

FERC is also complicit in covering up the identities of utilities that violate critical infrastructure protection standards for cyber and physical security. Since these threats aren’t going away, we think it’s time FERC get tough on security.  Learn more at www.SecureTheGrid.com  

Helping a 9/11 Survivor Prevent Another “Failure to Imagine”

Helping a 9/11 Survivor Prevent Another “Failure to Imagine”

September 11, 2019

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute.

Today marks the 18th anniversary of 9/11, an event precipitated by Islamic jihadis who exploited America’s “Failure to Imagine.”  During that attack, US Army Command Sergeant Major Michael Mabee was working in the 6th World Trade Center building and performed heroic actions to save the life of a handicapped co-worker who he evacuated. Since 9/11, threats from the global jihad and other totalitarian adversaries – including Russia, North Korea, Iran, and China – have only grown. And, while all of these adversaries see our electric grid as the prime target, America is failing to imagine it being attacked. 

Not Michael Mabee. 

He’s leading a heroic effort to expose corruption in government and industry that keeps the grid vulnerable.  Join Mike in this Fight by watching the video at www.SecureTheGrid.com/action

An Executive Order That Must Inspire a Paradigm Shift on EMP

An Executive Order That Must Inspire a Paradigm Shift on EMP

March 29, 2019

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute.  

This week President Trump issued an Executive Order on Coordinating National Resilience to EMP.  Until now, many in government and private industry have been rewarded for downplaying the threat from EMP and ridiculing those who warned about EMP as “unreasonable” or “apocalyptic.”  

This Executive Order builds upon the research of the Free World’s most credible experts – the Congressional EMP Commission – and directs the U.S. Government to take the threat seriously.  

Naysayers should be put on notice.  The paradigm has shifted.  

Not only does America’s survival depend on those in Government addressing EMP, but now so does their career progression.  Let’s pray our civil servants will embrace this sea change and waste no time executing the orders of the Commander in Chief! 

Learn more at www.SecureTheGrid.com

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

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. 

Learn more at www.SecureTheGrid.com

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

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 www.SecureFreedom.org and Secure Freedom social media channels and do your part to support Fred Fleitz.

Deals and Deception – Why We MUST Secure Our Grid

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. 

Learn more at www.securethegrid.com.  

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

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. 

Learn more at www.securethegrid.com.   

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

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? 

Learn more at www.securethegrid.com.