Alabama Power Grid Defense Committee

The Event: Inaugural Power Grid Defense Conference - Alabama 2016

September 20-21, 2016
U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) Education and Training Facility (ETF)
and Huntsville Marriott
Huntsville, Alabama


The purpose of this inaugural two-day 2016 Power Grid Defense Conference in Huntsville is to spearhead crucial and long-overdue initiatives to safeguard electrical power grids in the United States from natural and man-made threats. The Conference will address some of the causes and threats to life in the case of catastrophic power grid loss. It will provide a platform for appeals to the federal government to take concrete actions; while enabling parallel efforts at both State and local levels in formulating contingency and risk mitigation plans. Huntsville's unparalleled foundation in defense and space programs provides the wealth of expertise and the credibility needed to rally support for this cause and stimulate future conferences addressing this topic.

To accomplish this, the first day would be the conference with a series of guest speakers and panel discussions with a special dinner event speaker (Ambassador Henry F. Cooper - Former Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative Office (SDIO). The second day will be a smaller planning committee meeting, by invitation only, to develop an action plan to get Alabama to harden its power grid, and to approach the US congress after that.

Presentation charts from the conference, if permission is granted, can be found below. Our thanks to U.S. Space and Rocket Center for the use of their facility and break food items.


Energy Huntsville Meeting
Tuesday - Sept. 20 at USSRC Education and Training Facility
(a seperately charged event register for that at:
8:30 - 10:00 AM Risk Management Framework: Made Simple Stephen Brewster, Cybersecurity Manager Johnson Controls
Power Grid Defense Conference - Meeting 1
Tuesday - Sept. 20 at USSRC Education and Training Facility
Session 1 The Threat
12:00 pm - 12:10 pm Welcome and Why a Space Group Advocates Power Grid Defense Greg Allison, Conference Chair
12:10 pm - 1:00 pm Full Spectrum Power Grid Threats - What We Must Do Dr. Peter V. Pry, Task Force on National and Homeland Security
Session 2 Cyber Attacks on the Power Grid
1:00 pm - 1:25 pm Power Grid Cyber Security Jay R. Kurowsky, President & CEO Aleta Technologies, Inc [Presentation Charts]
1:25 pm - 1:50 pm Power Grid Cyber Security Dr. Tommy Morris, Director, Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education, UAH.
1:50 pm - 2:00 pm Break
Session 3 Solar Coronal Mass Ejections (CME)
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm CME Panel Discussion Dr. David Falconer - UAH/NASA Solar Research Scientist
Mitzi Adams, Solar Scientist, NASA MSFC [Presentation Charts]
2:50 pm - 3:00 pm Break
Session 4 Electro Magnetic Pulse - The Toughest Threat
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm EMP Physics and Effects Dr. Steven Smith, US Army EMP Expert Ret.
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Protecting the Grid From EMP Gale Nordling, EMPrimus
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm What Must Be Done to Protect the Grid Brig. Gen. Ken Chrosniak (Ret), EMPact America
4:30 pm - 4:40 pm Potential EMP Impacts on Nuclear Power Plants Brig. Gen. Ken Chrosniak (Ret) and Greg Allison
Session 5 Closing Remarks - A Call to Action
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Dr. Peter V. Pry and Greg Allison
Power Grid Defense Conference - Meeting 2
Main Dinner Event - Tuesday - Sept. 20 at Huntsville Marriott Ballroom
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Cash Bar, Social and Networking
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pm Opening Remarks Greg Allison
7:40 pm - 8:00 pm Opening Remarks Dr. Peter V. Pry
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Defending Our Power Grid Ambassador Henry F. Cooper, Former Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO)
Power Grid Defense Conference - Meeting 3
Action Planning Meeting - Wednesday - Sept. 21 at Huntsville Marriott (Specific Room to be Announced)
8:30 am - 11:00 am Legislation and Regulations for Alabama to Harden it's Grid, How to get these Items through the legislature, Public Services Commission, and Governors Office
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Lunch on Your Own
1:00 pm - TBD Forming an Alabama Power Grid Advocacy Group, Political Action Network, and plans to get proposed legislation, and regulations approved


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