2018 Power Grid Defense Conference (PGDCon 2018)
Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa, Huntsville, Alabama

The conference will feature local, regional and national speakers. Some of the topics include; power grid vulnerabilities, status of grid hardening in other states, and emergency management preparation-suggestions. We will also discuss ways to educate the public, policy makers and state and local first responders about the risks to the power grid. The Alabama Power Grid Defense Committee is a grass roots organization with the goal of ensuring that our power grid is protected against the effects of EMP, Coronal Mass Ejections, Cyber and Kinetic Attacks. As such, the majority of the topics will be related to the various ways in which the grid is vulnerable. We also intend to have topics for the Emergency Management folks that would be attending.

We have set of hotel rooms at our conference hotel, Embassy Suites Hotel and Sp at the special rate of $129 per night + tax. This is a great deal. You will include free made to order breakfast, nightly manger's reception, no worry about driving every day to the event. The rate is good from two days prior and two days after our conference so you can enjoy our great city and North Alabama. If you need to stay longer or have any issues with reservation, please contact us using the email icon at the top of the page. Click here to reserve a room. You may also call (1-800-362-2779) and use our group code: AL5. That's A - L - Five. It will show up as "AL L5 SOCIETY".


Current Confirmed Speakers


Dr. Arthur T. Bradley, Ph.D., P.E.
Engineer and Author of Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family, and many more. Website.
Brig. (ret.) General Ken Chrosniak
Board of Advisors, EMPact America.
Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
Chairman of the Board of High Frontier.
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry
Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security.
Jay R. Kurowsky
President and CEO Aleta Technologies, Inc.
Command Sergeant Major Michael Mabee
Author,The Civil Defense Book: Emergency Preparedness for a Rural or Suburban Community. Webpage
Dr. Tommy Morris
Director, Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education, Univ. Alabama Huntsville.
Tommy Waller
Director, Special Projects. Center for Security Policy Coalition to Secure the Grid.





Registration Information

This is a 3-Day conference with a half day advocacy workshop with a separate signup. Given that there is another big conference next door at the Von Braun Convention Center (the annual Space and Missle Defense Conference), and to allow opportunity for the attendees to network with the speakers and each other, we have decided to include lunch for Day 1 and 2 in our registration. You are on your own for lunch on Day 3 (Saturday). Thursday and/or Friday night evening dinner events are being planned.

Single day registration is available. There will be no meal ticket sold at the conference, so all on-site registration will excludes meals options (lunch or dinner).

Professional registration includes Day 1 and 2 lunches and dinner.


Type Early July 16 At the Door [1]
Regular (Includes Day 1 & 2 Lunches) $250 $300 $325
Student (Includes Day 1 & 2 Lunches) [2] $200 $250 $275
Professional (Includes Day 1 & 2 Lunches and Dinners) $350 $400 $425
Day 1 or 2 Dinner $60 $80 Not Avail
One Day Regular (Thursday or Friday, includes Lunch) $100 $150 $175
One Day Regular (Saturday, no Lunch) $50 $100 $100
[1] There will be a handful of "at the door registrations" available.
[2] Full time student only. Subject to verification
  • EventBrite fee extra.
  • No conference lunch and dinners are currently planned for Saturday, August 11.
  • Sunday's advocacy workshop is open to anyone with any registration.

    Refund Policy:
  • Full refund MINUS Eventbrite fees if cancelled by July 15.
  • 50% refund MINUS Eventbrite fees if cancelled by August 1.
  • No refund after August 1. Registration can be transfered to another person or count against a donation to HAL5.
  • All refund must be process via email through HAL5 via pgdc@HAL5.org.
  • Sponsors and Supporters


    Event hosted by:


    The Huntsville Alabama L5 Society (HAL5), the host of the Alabama Power Grid Defense Committee and the 2018 Power Grid Defense Conference, is seeking funding to underwrite the cost of the event to reduce the registration fee and to help in bringing in out of town speakers. Various sponsorships levels are available (see below), and customizable level is available.

    Sponsors Levels and Benefits

    Level Amount Benefits
    Platinum $4000
  • Corporate name/logo in program
  • 6 Regular registrations
  • 4 Dinner event tickets (Choose your date later)
  • Optional – one display table/area during conference or pre-dinner reception
  • Gold $2000
  • Corporate name/logo in program
  • 4 Regular registrations
  • 2 Dinner tickets (Choose your date later)
  • Silver $1000
  • Corporate name/logo in program
  • 2 Regular registrations
  • 1 Dinner event ticket (Choose your date later)
  • Bronze $500
  • Corporate name/logo in program
  • 1 Regular registration
  • One Day Break
    (AM and PM)
    $2500
  • Corporate name/logo in program
  • 1 Regular registrations
  • We will contact you regarding sponsor date of interest
  • VIP Guest
    Speaker Sponsorship
    $3000
  • Corporate name/logo in program
  • 2 Regular registrations
  • 2 Dinner event tickets (Choose your date later)
  • Covers the speaker and their spouse
  • Contact us for more detail
  • Personalized sponsorship level is available. Please contact us at info@HAL5.org

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