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Preliminary Observations on DHS Efforts to Address Electromagnetic Threats to the Electric Grid

Topics: Energy,

This testimony of Christopher P. Currie, a Director of Homeland Security and Justice at the GAO, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, details some of the actions taken by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in addressing the threat of an electromagnetic attack on the U.S. electrical grid, including a potential severe space storm. Part of DHS efforts have focused on mitigating the effects of such an event, such as with the development of a special transformer with industry leaders that could reduce the time needed to "transport, install, and energize a transformer to aid recovery from power outages associated with transformer failures from several months to less than one week." The report discusses this and other projects along with research DHS is supporting with industry leaders and other federal agencies.

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