National Defense University Conference on Severe Space Weather Threats to the US Electrical Grids: Briefings from workshops and exercises preparing for nationwide infrastructure collapse
Thursday, October 6, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)
Please join the Energy & Environmental Security Policy Program and the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at National Defense University (NDU), in conjunction with US Congressional EMP Caucus, and InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA) for a conference to be held on Oct. 6, 2011 that will brief public and private entities on recent table top exercises and workshops at NDU and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency discussing the nationwide effects of extreme space weather on critical infrastructure. The conference will also feature speakers from NDU, Department of Defense, the White House and severe space weather experts. Congressional EMP Caucus co-chairs will speak throughout the day. Registration opens at 830 AM in the atrium of the main auditorium. Remember to arrive early enough to go through security. Sessions will run from 9-3PM and will include a lunch paid by conference sponsor SAIC. Please take a moment to thank SAIC representatives for their support. A meeting of the newly formed InfraGard EMP Special Interest Group will take place immediately afterwards at a location to be announced.
Please join us as we discuss how to better prepare for widespread and long term power outages as outlined in a number of studies from the National Academies of Science, the US Congressional EMP Commission, the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC), and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).
Space is limited so please register to save a seat. If you have any questions please contact Stephen Ewell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 662-1863.
About National Defense University
National Defense University (NDU) is the nation's premier center for joint professional military education. The mission of the National Defense University (NDU) is to prepare military and civilian leaders from the United States and around the world to evaluate national and international security challenges through multi-disciplinary educational and research programs, professional exchanges, and outreach. One of its strategic goals is research that strengthens national security and energy security is an important component of US national security. To that end, the Energy & Environmental Security Policy Program at NDU works to confront significant energy-related problems that face the Department of Defense and the US military in the 21st century by examining these crucial energy issues and providing both analysis and recommendations to policymakers. The Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) investigates the implications of technological innovation on US national security policy and military plans. Working closely with the science and technology community, CTNSP works on projects that bridge the gap between technology and national security policy, enabling decision-makers to understand emerging impacts of technology while integrating them effectively into policy.
About the US Congressional EMP Caucus
The EMP Caucus was announced on February 16, 2011 by Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) along with the introduction of H.R. 668, the Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage (or SHIELD) Act. The EMP Caucus is a bi-partisan committee co-chaired by Congressman Roscoe Bartlett of MD and Congresswoman Yvette Clark of NY. It focuses on both natural and man-made electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threats.
About the InfraGard National Members Alliance
InfraGard is a public-private volunteer organization that serves as a critical link across sectors and industries. It have 86 members alliances spread across the country and over 45,000 members. It provides its members with unmatched opportunities to promote the physical and cyber security of their organizations through access to a trusted, national network of Subject Matter Experts from the public and private sectors. Additionally, it provides government stakeholders, across the local, state, and Federal levels with unmatched access to the expertise and experience of critical infrastructure owners and operators. Its leadership consists of volunteers with distinguished careers in government, business, military, law enforcement and academia. In 2011, InfraGard launched a nationwide special interest group (SIG) on EMP that will focus on threats that can create long-term nationwide collapse of infrastructure. EMP SIG members will be able to help their local communities become more resilient as they provide their collective expertise and relationships. More information can be found at www.infragardmembers.org.
SAIC is a FORTUNE 500® scientific, engineering, and technology applications company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health. The company's approximately 41,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. Headquartered in McLean, Va., SAIC had annual revenues of $11.1 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2011. For more information, visit www.saic.com. SAIC: From Science to Solutions®
When & Where
Syracuse New York InfraGard Members Alliance
The Syracuse NY InfraGard Members Alliance is one of 86 chapters in the FBI InfraGard network and a member of the InfraGard National Members Alliance. Our membership is comprised of decision makers and key influencers representing the critical infrastructure and key resources for the upstate New York region.
Each InfraGard chapter is geographically linked with an FBI field office, providing all stakeholders immediate access to experts from law enforcement, industry, academic institutions and other federal, state and local government agencies.
We provide our members with up to date critical security information and education via our quarterly meetings, member e-mails and now our annual conference.
For more information about the Syracuse NY InfraGard Members Alliance, please visit www.syracuseinfragard.com
The InfraGard Program began in 1996 as a collaborative effort between private sector cyber professionals and the FBI field office in Cleveland Ohio. The FBI later expanded the program to every field office in the country. In 2003 the private sector members of InfraGard formed the “InfraGard National Members Alliance” (INMA). The INMA is a non-profit Delaware LLC with 501(c)(3) status. The INMA LLC is comprised of 86 separate 501(c)(3) InfraGard Members Alliances (IMAs) that represent over 47,000 FBI-vetted, InfraGard Subject Matter Experts. The INMA has a dual-focus value proposition. It provides its members with unmatched opportunities to promote the physical and cyber security of their organizations through access to a trusted, national network of Subject Matter Experts from the public and private sectors. And, it provides government stakeholders, across the local, state, and Federal levels, with unmatched access to the expertise and experience of critical infrastructure owners and operators. For more information about InfraGard, please visit www.infragard.net. For more information about the INMA, please visit www.infragardmembers.org.