Reader Response re Ted Koppel Book On Cyber Attacks on Electric Grid

Guest Blogger today is Dr. Peter Vincent Pry.

Update: See article by Pry and Woolsey in National Review; Nov. 9.

While I am no fan of Ted Koppel, whose career has been built on political bias supporting liberals and leftwing causes, he is right about the vulnerability of the electric grid, and the failure of government and industry to protect the grid. Conservatives, scientists, and intelligence professionals have been warning about the vulnerability of the electric grid for years, long before Koppel came along.

The first and most influential study on the catastrophic vulnerability of the national electric grid was by the Congressional EMP Commission, that issued reports in 2004 and 2008. The EMP Commission was chaired by Dr. William Graham (who served previously as President Reagan’s Science Advisor and as the chief of NASA).

Dr. Graham, I, and many others have for years been writing articles and books warning about electric grid vulnerability to terrorist attacks by cyber, sabotage, and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) by nuclear and non-nuclear weapons, and from natural EMP from a once-a-century geomagnetic superstorm. Personally, I have already written three books on this topic–Electric Armageddon (2012), Apocalypse Unknown (2013), and soon to be published Blackout Wars (2015).

Unfortunately, because of media bias against conservatives and those of us who worked in the CIA and have national security backgrounds, the mainstream media has largely ignored our work, or even dismissed us as “right-wing crazies.” Just a few months ago, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC and her blogsters were ridiculing Ted Cruz, Governor Huckabee, Ben Carson, and Rick Santorum for warning about the vulnerability of the U.S. electric grid to attack by terrorists or rogue states using EMP weapons.

Now that liberal darling Ted Koppel has a book saying the same thing Dr. Graham and Ted Cruz have been warning about, suddenly the cyber, EMP and other threats to the electric grid have, virtually overnight, become “intellectually respectable” to talk about on the mainstream media! Dr. Graham has been available for interviews by the mainstream media since 2004–but they have never once talked to him.

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Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both advisory boards to the U.S. Congress, and served in the Congressional EMP Commission, the Strategic Posture Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the CIA. His forthcoming book is Blackout Wars.

2 thoughts on “Reader Response re Ted Koppel Book On Cyber Attacks on Electric Grid

  1. One point to consider is the likelihood of retaliation as a deterrent, as with the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) deterrent to nuclear attack during the Cold War. I doubt that a nationwide cyber attack is within the capability of the people who are always offering me inheritances from that bank in Nigeria. But if China or Russia, who may have such a capability, were to try such a massive cyber attack, they would really have to worry lest their electronic “fingerprints” be found on the attack. In such an eventuality, what do you suppose would happen to THEIR grid (or other things of theirs) after our people determined the source of the attack? To be sure, determining the source of a cyber attack is probably difficult, but probably not impossible. Do you think Mr. Putin or Mr. Xi want to take that chance? What exactly do they gain? (Besides, if Mr. Xi does it, there goes his major export market.)

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