How vulnerable is our power system?

Dr. B. Don Russell, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, was a member of an expert task force commissioned to review the vulnerability of the electrical power system in the United States.

The task force, which was formed in 2005, along with the National Research Council and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), recently released its report, “Terrorism and the Electric Power Delivery System.”

The report, which was presented to the Department of Homeland Security, stated that concern exists that an orchestrated terrorist plan could significantly disrupt the economy, safety and defense of the United States by attacking the electric grid.