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Planning Resilience for High-impact Threats to Critical Infrastructure

InfraGard National's EMP SIG

Friday, December 5, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EST)

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You are welcomed to watch this page for updates to the published materials and videos of the now completed InfraGard National EMP SIG sessons of the Dupont Summit program of Dec. 4-5, 2014.

Program Details for

Planning Resilience for High Impact Threats to

Critical Infrastructure in 2015


Historic Whittemore House, Dupont Circle 

1526 New Hampshire Avenue, Washington DC


(Hotels in Area:

http://www.thewhittemorehouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/HotelsV4.pdf )

To view the webcast provided by the US Department of Homeland Security, go to:

Viewers need FlashPlayer on their computer and are encouraged to practice ahead of time. 

To view the webcast provided by Policy Studies Organization, go to: 


(If you have a technical question about the webcast on Dec 4-5, call Steve at (303) 818-7090


National InfraGard EMP Special Interest Group

Whittemore House Main Auditorium Schedule Overview

Friday, December 5, 2014

This is a public event.  InfraGard membership is recommended but not required. (Free seats will be available for a limited number of InfraGard volunteers on an application basis which will require approval.  To apply for InfraGard membership go to InfraGard.org.)  Attendees will receive lunch and conference proceedings, also available at Amazon.

Distinquished presenters and panelists will include US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), FERC Commissioner Philip D. Moeller, former Congressman Roscoe Bartlett,  FBI Section Chief John Riggi, former Assistant Secretary of Defense Dr. Paul Stockton, Ambassador Hank Cooper, VA Commonwealth Senator Bryce Reeves, Honorable Andrea Boland, Mr. Robert Rutledge, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center staff and leading subject matter experts.  Top experts will update measures being taken to plan for and mitigate high-impact threats such as EMP, extreme space and cyber to critical infrastructure including power, communications and medical infrastructure.  This year's conference will also review recent emergency management table top exercises providing insights into practical steps that can be taken to reduce the tragic effects of these high-impact scenarios.

For a feel for the conference, see the 2013 InfraGard National EMP SIG Dupont Summit conference videos that are now available at: http://www.ipsonet.org/conferences/the-dupont-summit/infragard-videos-2013


National InfraGard EMP Special Interest Group

Main Auditorium Schedule for Friday, Dec. 5, 2014


8:00 – 8:30         Registration


8:30 – 8:35         Introduction


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

FBI Unit Chief John Pi

Session Chair: Dr. Wallace E. Boston, President and Chief

Executive Officer, American Public University System


8:35 – 8:50         Remarks: "A US Senator's Perspective on the Importance of EMP and High-Impact Threat Planning and Protection"


                                                 Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI),  Ranking Member,

                                             Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight

                                             Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee   


8:50 – 9:10      Presentation: “InfraGard and High-impact Threats”


                                     FBI Unit Chief John Pi introducing:

                                     Section Chief John Riggi


9:10 - 9:50         Panel:  “Pre-traumatic Stress Disorder and High Impact Events, Maintaining Public Calm and Order”


Honorable Dr. Roscoe Bartlett, Former US Congressman of MD

Ms. Mary D. Lasky – Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Dr. Richard M. Krieg  – Krieg Group

Dr. Ben Sheppard  --  George Washington University

Ms. Jessica Wieder – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


9:55 – 10:25    Panel:  “Federal, State and Utility Plans for Grid Protection“


Honorable Roscoe Bartlett, former US Congressman

Dr. Chris Beck, Vice President, Electric Infrastructure  

        Security Council

Senator Bryce Reeves, Virginia Commonwealth Senate

Honorable Andrea Boland, Outgoing Maine State Representative


10:30 – 10:55  Panel:  “Updates on Space Weather Threats for Power and Communications, Why 2012 Storm Became News in 2014”


Mr. Robert Rutledge, Lead of NOAA Space Weather Forecast


Mr. Gale Nordling, CEO, Emprimus

11:00 – 11:20     Presentation:  “Dispelling the Myths about EMP"


Mr. Curtis Birnbach, President, Advanced Fusion Systems


11:25 – 12:10    Panel: “Role of DHS Programs for EMP Protected Emergency

                           Communications and Planning"

                             Mr. Kevin Briggs, DHS Team Chief NCCIC

                                                Dr George Baker, Professor Emeritus, James Madison University

                                    Mr. Bronius Cikotas, Former Division Chief, Defense Nuclear


                                    Mr. Michael Caruso, ETS-Lindgren, Director, Government

                                    & Specialty Business Development


12:10 – 12:15    Cameo Presentations

12:15 -   12:50   Lunch Break Procedures and Working Groups Announcement (Meal provided on site)


Ms. Mary Lasky, Program Manager, John Hopkins University

        Applied Physics Laboratory


12:55 – 1:00       Welcome Back/Cameo Presentations (NY Regional EMP SIG) 

1:00 – 1:10         Key Note Presentation:  "Targeted, Prudent Investments Against EMP:

                            Building Practical Resilience Strategies"


Dr. Paul Stockton, former Assistant Secretary of Defense

       for Homeland Defense


1:10 – 2:10         Panel:  "Role of EMS and Table Top Exercises -- Planning for EMP and High-Impact Disasters"


Dr. Paul Stockton, Panel Moderator, former Assistant

      Sec. of Defense 

Dr. Richard Andres, Professor, National War College

Mr. Thomas MacLellan, National Governors Association

MG (ret’d) Robert Newman, US AirForce retired and former

      Adjutant General of Virginia

Ms Cynthia Ayers, Former NSA Visiting Professor to the US Army

      War College (2003-2011)

Mr. David Hunt, Workshop and Exercise Lead Facilitator

Mr. Dennis Schrader, President, DRS International 


2:15 – 2:55       Panel: “Resilient Hospitals in Large Scale Disasters, (The role of alternative technologies and sustainability in electric power grid mitigation)”


                                    Dr. James Terbush, Martin Blanck and Associates, Public Health,

                                           Colorado Springs

                                    Dr. Terry Donat, Independent Biosecurity Consultant and IEMA

                                           RACES Officer, Chicago

                                    Dr. Donald Donahue, Consultant to American Academy of Disaster

                                           Medicine, Wash DC

                                    Ms. Sierra Bainbridge, MASS Design Group,  Off-grid hospitals,


                                    Mr. Art Glynn, CAPT USN Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison

                                           Officer, USNORTHCOM 


3:00 – 3:40         Presentation:  “Growing Inter-Dependency of Gas and Electric Grids"


                                    Commissioner Philip D. Moeller, Federal Energy Regulatory



3:40 – 4:15         Panel:  “Next Steps for States and Local Communities in Light of Vulnerabilities and Limited Federal Remedies: “


Mr. Bill Harris, International Lawyer and Secretary, Foundation

       for Resilient Societies

Mr. Tom Popik, Chairman, Foundation for Resilient Societies

Honorable Ms. Andrea Boland, former Maine State Representative

Ambassador Hank Cooper, Chairman, High Frontier


4:15 – 4:25         Presentation:  “One More EMP Knot to Untie”


Dr. George Baker, Professor Emeritus, James Madison University


4:30 – 4:55         Panel Cameo Presentations (Solutions Update -- sponsors and others)


                                    Advanced Fusion


                                    Cyber Innovation Labs

                                    Distributed Sun






                                    US DHS


5:00 – 5:30         Economic Impact Studies, Next Steps for EMP SIG Working Groups

                                    and Concluding Remarks


Mr. Chuck Manto

FBI Coordinators

Friday Secure WEBCAST REGISTRATION provided by the US Department of Homeland Security at:


Viewers will need to have FlashPlayer on their computer and are encouraged to practice ahead of time.

  --  PSO will also webcast from a location that will be announced at this website:


Parallel Sessions at the Policy Studies Organizations HQ Garfield Room


4:20 - 5:25 PM  (this section will not be webcast)

        Ms. Denisa Scott.   Emerging mobile application innovations for mitigating/responding

                   to threats to our electric grid and advancing community resiliency and recovery  

Ms. Elysa Jones.   CAP Innovations/Services qpplicable to mitigating/responding to

           threats to our electric grid and advancing community resiliency/recovery

               Mr. Joel Coulter.  Introducing wireless, surveillance and affordable UAS remote sensing

                           platforms strengthening communities critical infrastructure protection capacities.

               Dr. David Bither.  An Orientation: Forward Trace’s service oriented horizontal information

                           exchange enterprise architecture’s ability to optimize the performance of communities

                           security investments, and proactive response to physical/cyber threats.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

By-Invitation-Only Two PartTable Top Exercise of High-impact Threat "Prepared or Unprepared" at the Nastional Guard Association HQ in Washingtion, DC. Initial results will be discussed on Dec. 5.

For information see the Eventbrite link:


To register for webcast of the workshop portion of the Dec 4 table top exercise beginning at 830 AM, see


or, contact Dana Reynolds at dana.reynolds@state.co.us

Registrants are also invited to a special lecture on Friday Night December 5 by the Policy Studies Organization: 


Have questions about Planning Resilience for High-impact Threats to Critical Infrastructure? Contact InfraGard National's EMP SIG

When & Where

Historic Whittemore House, Dupont Circle
1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Friday, December 5, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 5:30 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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