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 www.securethegrid.com.

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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 www.securethegrid.com.

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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 www.securethegrid.com.

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First to Fight for 242 Years, Can Marines Fight Without Power?

November 9, 2017

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute.   

As a Marine, today is a special day.  242 years ago, our Corps was born in a small tavern in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  Since that time Marines have led the way in wars to defend Americans and our interests around the world. 

For Marines, “First to Fight” is not just a slogan.  It’s a way of life that I embraced in Iraq and Afghanistan and still do, to this day, here at home. 

Today, though, our Marines – and 99% of all U.S. Military bases – are completely dependent upon our nation’s civilian electric grid.   If that grid were to suffer a prolonged blackout – which is a very real prospect – these hardened warfighters would be in the same boat as the rest of our society:  without running water, with backed up sewer, and eventually without food or medical care.  Should we make sure military bases have secure and protected sources of electricity? Sure.  Should we make sure our entire nation has a secure grid?  ABSOLUTELY.

Learn more at www.securethegrid.com.

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Puerto Ricans Are Leaving In Droves Without Electricity. Where Will YOU Go When The Lights Go Out?

November 9, 2017

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute.   

With more than 60% of the island’s residents still without electricity 6 weeks after Hurricane Maria, more than 100,000 Puerto Rican residents have now permanently moved off of the island.  That’s right, about 1,800 residents per day have left in hope of finding what they lost when their island lost power.  This reality should highlight for American policymakers – and the public – just how important our electricity is to our civilization. 

If the power went off in your neighborhood for six weeks, where would you go?  If the rest of your region or nation were also in the dark, do you have what you need in your home to sustain human life and defend it from everything from disease to crime? 

These are very real possibilities for our nation and they ought to be considered by our policymakers.   If you agree, go to www.securethegrid.com and visit the embedded social media sites, making sure you like and follow them so that you, too, can help sound the alarm. 

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The MOST IMPORTANT Terrain To Defend Against North Korean Aggression is NOT in Asia!

November 7, 2017

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute.   

As President Trump conducts his lengthy and vitally important visit to Asia, he will undoubtedly be briefed by U.S. Military leaders on the threat from North Korea to our Asian allies.  Hopefully these briefings include a detailed look at the physical and human terrain in that area of operations. 

We would like to remind the President, though, that the most important terrain we must consider when defending against North Korea is in the exo-atmosphere – at an altitude of 30KM or higher – above our own United States. 

It is in THAT battle space that the backwards hermit kingdom, North Korea, can defeat the most advanced and sophisticated civilization on earth, and with just one nuclear weapon.  Detonating an atomic bomb in the exo-atmosphere produces Electromagnetic Pulse, or EMP, which can wipe out our modern technology, and most importantly, our electric grid – upon which we depend for every facet of our lives. 

Learn more atwww.securethegrid.com.

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“Scud in a Tub?” You don’t need a freighter when you have an American Port

November 6, 2017

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute. 

National Security experts have long warned of the risk posed to America by what they nicknamed a “scud in a tub” – which is the prospect of an enemy launching ballistic missiles from commercial freighters.  If this missile was topped with a nuclear warhead and detonated at an altitude of 30KM or higher – it would produce an EMP that could wipe out our electric grid and our civilization. 

The Center for Security Policy recently published an extraordinary report, named “The Perfect Storm,” that highlights how some very dangerous folks have obtained a 35-year lease on the shipping container facilities at one of America’s most critical ports. 

Who are these people?  How about the man who ran Saddam Hussain’s WMD program and designed a miniaturized nuclear warhead for ballistic missiles…and the Russian state-owned firm that exports the Club-K system – a ballistic missile launcher disguised in a commercial shipping container. 

Nope, our enemies don’t need a freighter to attack us.  They have access to Port Canaveral Florida. 

Learn more at SecureFreedom.org   

 

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“Come And Take It!” The Saga Of The Vulnerable Texas Electric Grid Continues

November 3, 2017

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute. 

On November 2nd 2015 – two years ago yesterday - 23 members of the Texas Congressional Delegation wrote a letter to Governor Abbott lamenting the Federal Government’s inaction to protect the nation’s electric grid, applauding the introduction of grid-protection legislation at the state-level, and urging “continued leadership and rigorous action to protect the electric grid of Texas.”

Not only did the state’s legislature fail to pass that legislation in two consecutive sessions, but Texas Congressman Mac Thornberry and his House Armed Services Committee, recently dismantled the Congressional EMP Commission, scuttling the Free World’s preeminent expertise on EMP.  None of the Congressmen who authored that letter stepped in to save the Commission and Governor Abbott has yet to take action to protect the state’s grid. 

“Come and take it” is a popular slogan in Texas.  Unfortunately, right now it seems to apply to the state’s electric grid. 

Learn more at www.securethegrid.com.

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It’s Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month: Time to SAVE THE EMP COMMISSION!

November 2, 2017

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute. 

President Trump declared this month – November 2017 – to be Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month.  Perhaps the Congress can embrace this idea and make one of the most urgently needed policy reversals of our time by saving the Congressional EMP Commission. 

At the very same time that North Korea is threatening an EMP attack on the United States, The House Armed Services Committee dismantled this national treasure in their version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, scuttling the free world’s foremost expertise on EMP and other threats to our nation’s electric grid. 

The Senate Armed Services Committee has a chance to amend the NDAA and reverse this institutional suicide.  If they don’t, we’ll need President Trump to do more than dedicate a calendar month to Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience – we’ll need him to appoint his own PRESIDENTIAL EMP Commission. 

Learn more at www.securethegrid.com.

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“Radioactive Catastrophes” Possible at Home, Not Just in North Korea

November 1, 2017

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute.  

Recently numerous Asian and European news outlets have reported the collapse of a North Korean tunnel system at the regime’s main nuclear test site, which has apparently killed hundreds of North Koreans.  Chinese and Japanese media fear a massive radioactive leak that could cause an international environmental disaster on the scale of Chernobyl or Fukushima. 

What most people fail to realize is that the prospects for such an environmental catastrophe are not limited to just North Korea.  A pro-longed blackout of the U.S. Electric Grid caused by a nuclear EMP attack could result in our own nuclear power plants suffering similar radioactive releases. 

Once the pumps running the cooling pools housing spent nuclear fuel rods fail and the water rapidly boils away, anything surrounding or downwind from these facilities is at risk.  Kim Jong-Un won’t likely stop his nuclear testing, but will we secure our grid? 

Learn more atwww.securethegrid.com.

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