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Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Editor-in-Chief: Renda-Tanali, Irmak

Managing Editor: McGee, Sibel

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Grid Collapse Security, Stability and Vulnerability Issues: Impactful Issues Affecting Nuclear Power Plants, Chemical Plants and Natural Gas Supply Systems

Robert McCreight
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  • National Defense University, Washington, DC, United States of America
  • George Washington University, Washington, DC, United States of America
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Published Online: 2018-11-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jhsem-2018-0021


Vulnerability to extended power outages stemming from grid collapse triggered by terrorism, technological accident, cyber attack or geomagnetic storms is understood to mean the widest possible spectrum of immediate and downstream consequences for our nations critical infrastructure. Regrettably few realistic plans are in place for dealing with this risk especially as it pertains to three primary energy systems of strategic significance to the United States – nuclear power, chemical manufacturing and natural gas supplies. The author argues that greater sustained attention is needed to upgrade the resilience of these systems, foster greater sharing of remedies among them to offset the worst effects of grid collapse which exceeds 15 consecutive calendar days and build collective avenues of enhanced risk mitigation against such scenarios.

Keywords: critical energy systems; emergency management; grid collapse; infrastructure; resilience strategies

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Published Online: 2018-11-06

Citation Information: Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Volume 16, Issue 1, 20180021, ISSN (Online) 1547-7355, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jhsem-2018-0021.

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