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Mitigating High-Impact Threats to Critical Infrastructure in 2013/2014

InfraGard National's EMP SIG

Friday, December 6, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EST)

Mitigating High-Impact Threats to Critical...

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Volunteers and Presenters (by approval of EMP SIG Chair) Ended Free $0.00
For Profit Business Ended $250.00 $0.00
Government, Non-profits, Academia Ended $100.00 $0.00
Students, Retirees Ended $50.00 $0.00

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Symposium Overview and Program Details


The PSO LiveStream webast registration page can be accessed here:  http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1069982/events/2580074

The DHS webcast registration page can be accessed here: https://share.dhs.gov/infragard_empsig_12062013/event/registration.html ]

Presenters will discuss low frequency and relatively near term (rather than remote) high impact threats to critical infrastructure that include natural or manmade electromagnetic pulse, cyber threats and coordinated physical attacks.  Specific threat and mitigation analysis will include research and policy initiatives that will include recent DoD sponsored research at Idaho National Laboratory on Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD), the 2013 FERC Rule 779 on GMD, the new Shield Act (HR2417) and the Homeland Security Act on EMP (HR 3410); the June 2013 Maine Law on grid protection and similar work underway in other states; impacts on power grids; FBI initiatives on Cyber Security, e.g., i-Guardian and InfraGard's sector chiefs program; DHS cyber initiatives and education programs; and related technical presentations on topics including micro-grids, communications and data centers from industry and government leaders.

Panel discussions will focus on cost-effective planning and ways to mitigate these threats including the use of hardening centralized systems such as the grid and emergency communications and providing local solutions such as distributed energy systems and communications.

Distinguished Presenters


- Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R), Maryland , co-author of the authorizing legislation for the Congressional EMP Commission.


-Honorable Robert James Woolsey, Jr. , Ambassador R. James Woolsey is Chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a Venture Partner with Lux Capital.  He is a former Director of Central Intelligence.


-Dr. Paul N. Stockton is Managing Director for Sonecon, LLC, and President of its Cloud Peak Analytics division. Dr. Stockton recently served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs, or ASD (HD&ASA), responsible for Defense Critical Infrastructure Protection.


Registered attendees will receive a paper copy of the 2012 Conference Proceedings.  The Kindle edition can be downloaded from:


The passcode required to open the document will be announced at the meeting and will therefore be available for those who view the conference webcast, also.



Program Details for

Mitigating High Impact Threats to

Critical Infrastructure in 2014


Historic Whittemore House, Dupont Circle 

1526 New Hampshire Avenue, Washington DC


Friday, December 6, 2013


National InfraGard EMP Special Interest Group

Whittemore House Main Auditorium Schedule


8:00 – 8:30 Registration


8:30 – 8:40 Introduction


Mr. Charles (Chuck) Manto, InfraGard National EMP SIG Chairman

Ms. Mary Lasky, Program Manager, John Hopkins University Applied

Physics Laboratory

FBI Section Chief Peter Trahon, Cyber Division

 8:40 – 9:00 Presentation: “Strengthening Security and Resilience in the 21st Century”


Dr. Dane Egli, National Security Advisor, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory


9:00 – 9:50 Panel: “Federal, State and Utility Plans for Grid Protection“


Honorable Roscoe Bartlett, former US Congressman

Dr. Chris Beck, Vice President, Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Electric

Infrastructure Security Council

Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, Executive Director, National Task Force on 

Homeland Security

Mr Richard Waggel, FERC

Honorable R. James Woolsey, Chairman of the Foundation for Defense

of Democracies and a Venture Partner with Lux Capital, former

Director of Central Intelligence


9:50 – 10:20 Presentation: “EMP Mitigation Hope: Centralized vs Decentralized

Systems; Public vs Private Sectors”


Honorable R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence


10:25 – 10:50 Presentation: “Updates on Space Weather Threats for Power and



Mr. William Murtagh, Program Coordinator, National Oceanic and

Atmospheric Administration/National Weather Service Space

Weather Prediction Center 

Mr. John Kappenman, Storm Analysis Consultants


10:55 – 11:20 Presentation: “Latest Idaho National Laboratory Research Data on GMD

 Impacts to Power Grid Infrastructure”


Mr. Scott McBride, National and Homeland Security, Critical

Infrastructure Protection & Resilience, Idaho National



11:25 – 12:15 Panel: “The FBI, DHS, DoD and the National Governors Association

 Public/Private Plans to Mitigate Cyber Threats against CI”


Dr. Frank Kesterman, Professor of Homeland Security and Cyber Security, University of Maryland University College

Mr. Thomas MacLellan, Director, Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, National Governors Association

Mr. Trent Teyema, FBI Washington Field Office, Assistant Special Agent in Charge

Mr. William O. (Bill) Waddell, Director, Mission Command and Cyberspace Group, Center for Strategic Leadership and Development, US Army War College

Mr. Robin Montana Williams, CWDP, Chief, National Cybersecurity Education and Awareness Branch, Department of Homeland Security


12:15 – 12:55 Lunch Break Procedures and Working Groups Announcement


Ms. Mary Lasky, Program Manager, John Hopkins University Applied

Physics Laboratory


12:55 – 1:00 Welcome Back

Video Clip from National Geographic’s “American Blackout”


1:00 – 1:20 Presentation: “Planning for High-impact Disasters in Light of

 Recent Disasters”


Dr. Paul Stockton, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense


1:25 – 2:10 Panel: Planning for EMP and High-Impact Disasters


Dr. Richard Andres, Chairman, Energy Security Program, NDU

BG (NYG-Ret) Kenneth Chrosniak

Ambassador Henry F. Cooper, Chairman, High Frontier

MG (Red) Robert Newman, US Army retired and former Adjutant General of Virginia

Dr. Paul Stockton, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense



2:15 – 2:55 Presentation: “Cost-effective Electric Power Grid Mitigation in 2014”


Mr. George Anderson, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Emprimus

Dr. William Joyce, Chairman, President, Advanced Fusion Systems

Mr. Gale Nordling, President and CEO, Emprimus


3:00 – 3:25 Presentation: “Cost-effective Financing Micro-grids for Critical Infrastructure


 Mr. Jeff Weiss, Cofounder and Managing Director, Distributed Sun


3:30 – 3:55 Presentation: “Cost-effective EMP Protection for Communications

 Networks and Power Sources 


Mr. Kevin Briggs, NCCIC, US Department of Homeland Security 

Dr. George Baker, Professor Emeritus, James Madison University

Dr. Meg Abraham, Pathion


4:00 – 4:25 Presentation: “Energy Security Impacts on the Data Center Industry”


Mr. Thomas Popik, Chairman, Foundation for Resilient Societies

Mr. Michael Caruso, ETS-Lindgren

Dr. George Baker, Professor Emeritus, James Madison University


4:30 – 4:55 Presentation: “Maine Legislation on Power Grid Protection from

Manmade and Natural EMP”


Maine State Representative Andrea Boland


5:00 – 5:30 Concluding Remarks and Next Steps for EMP SIG Working Group

Mr. Chuck Manto and Guests

Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, Executive Director, National Task Force on

Homeland Security


Policy Studies Organization Conference Room Schedule

(Held simultaneously at 1527 New Hampshire Avenue)

8:30 – 12:15       Overflow Auditorium Viewing (Simulcast)  
12:15 – 12:55     Lunch and Networking at 1526 New Hampshire Avenue
1:00 – 1:30         Overflow Auditorium Viewing (Simulcast)
1:30 – 2:55         Emerging Persistent Communications and Surveillance Innovations for Energy Infrastructure Protection & Disaster Response – Strengthening Resilience
                                    Mr, Joel Coulter (moderator), VP, Business Development, KSI Video
                                    Mr. Jason Barton, Founder, KSI Video, Cloud enabled Virtual Remote Sensing information, sharing/collaboration
                                    Mr. Kevin Baugh, Knowledge Builders
                                    Dr. David Bither, CEO/Founder Forward Trace, Former DoD lead for the Service Oriented Horizontal Information Exchange Model
                                    Ms. Elysa Jones, OASIS International Progress/Standardization for the Common Alert Protocol
                                    Dr. Mark D. Troutman, PhD, Associate Director, Center Infrastructure Protection/Homeland Security, George Mason University
3:00                    Room Closed
NOTE:  On Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, (at 1527 New Hampshire Avenue) the InfraGard EMP SIG will host an EMP SIG meeting at the conference room of the Policy Studies Organization from 9-11:30 AM.   For more information contact Chuck Manto at cmanto@stop-EMP.com 
NOTE:  Volunteers must be InfraGard members, able to serve for 2 hours during the conference and show up 30 minutes before the conference for orientation.
Note: Registration is non-refundable so be sure that you are prepared to attend knowing that you will not be able to get a refund if your circumstances or mind changes regarding in-person attendance.  
Special Hotel Rates for a limited time at the nearby Dupont Circle Hotel at New Hampshire Ave and Dupont Circle, Washington, DC. -- BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS:  Call 202-483-6000 and ask for the “Mitigating High Impact Threats .
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When & Where

InfraGard EMP SIG Sessions at the 2013 Dupont Summit
1526 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20036

Friday, December 6, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EST)

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InfraGard National's EMP SIG

InfraGard is an FBI sponsored non-profit association of individuals interested in the security of critical infrastructure.  The InfraGard National EMP SIG addresses any high-impact threat that could cause long-term nationwide collapse of critical infrastructure.  These threats include any combination of electromagnetic pulse, extreme space weather, cyber attacks, coordinated physical attacks or widespread pandemics.  The EMP SIG fosters information sharing that promotes the mitigation of these threats including assisting local communities to enhance their own sustainability by developing secure local capacity from infrastructure as diverse as communications, local power generation and storage to local food production.  To join InfraGard, apply on its homepage at www.InfraGard.org.  If you need any help with the InfraGard website or need to re-register, call the InfraGard help desk 24x7 at 877-861-6298.

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