In the Dark: Military Planning for a Catastrophic Critical Infrastructure Event: A Workshop to Explore the Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Preparedness with Respect to an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack or a Solar Storm   [open pdf - 756KB]

"This workshop addressed the preparation, response, and recovery from a catastrophic event. An event may be considered catastrophic when the number of people affected is greater than that normally covered by a typical federal response area and the time to recover was well beyond that of a localized disaster. Also, catastrophic events involve almost complete disruption of communications and other critical infrastructure (such as the electrical power grid). A spectrum chart (Figure 1) helps to illustrate the factors and scope of emergency events that may require the response of organizations at the local, state, and federal levels. The vertical axis of the diagram represents the number of people affected and the horizontal axis represents the time to recover from a given event. Some examples are weather events (such as floods and hurricanes); geological events (such as earthquakes or tsunamis); and biological events (such as an influenza outbreak). This report contains four main sections and two annexes. Section 1, Workshop Overview and Objectives; Section 2, Plenary Session Presentation Discussions; Section 3, Break-out Session Findings; and Section 4, Workshop Conclusions and Recommendations. Annex A contains selected questions and answers from the plenary session, and Annex B a list of workshop attendees."

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Center for Strategic Leadership: CSL Study 2-11
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Army War College (U.S.). Center for Strategic Leadership: http://www.csl.army.mil/
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In the Dark: Military Planning for a Catastrophic Critical Infrastructure Event. Collins Center, U.S. Army War College. September 28-30, 2010
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