Serial No. 114-39: Blackout! Are We Prepared to Manage the Aftermath of a Cyber or Other Failure of the Electrical Grid? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representative, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, April 14, 2016 [open pdf - 4MB]
This is the April 14, 2016 hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure titled, "Blackout! Are We Prepared to Manage the Aftermath of a Cyber or Other Failure of the Electrical Grid?" From the background: "The electric grid is one of the Nation's most critical infrastructures. The bulk power system is a large, complex, and robust system of networked generation facilities, transmission and distribution lines, transformers and substations, and control and communication technologies which together, bring power to American homes and businesses […] Any of the grid elements can be damaged by natural events, such as severe storms or geomagnetic disturbances, as well as intentional, malicious events, such as cyber and physical security attacks. Incidents may disrupt the flow of power or reduce the reliability of the system. Several, if not all, of the other critical infrastructure sectors, are dependent on electric power. Simply put, a massive power outage could interfere with the everyday lives of millions of Americans." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Craig Fugate, Patricia A. Hoffman, Caitlin A. Durkovich, Richard Campbell, Gerry W. Caulry, William H. Spence, and Bobbi J. Kilmer.
Serial No. 114-39
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