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NISRU CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES
Title: Ensuring the Resilience of the U.S. Electric Grid: General Wesley Clark and Dr. Bri-Mathias Hodge
Original Broadcast Date/Time: March 30, 2021, 2:00-3:30pm ET (11:00am-12:30pm PT)
Description: INMA and our partner AUI have launched a distinguished speaker series features in-depth discussions with leading voices in government, industry, and academia on critical infrastructure protection.
The second in this series features General Wesley Clark (USA, ret.), the co-chair of the National Commission on Grid Resilience (NCGR), and Dr. Bri-Mathias Hodge a senior advisor to the NCGE. General Clark and Dr. Hodge will discuss threats to the security and resilience of the U.S. electric grid and offer specific policy and technical recommendations for robust actions to mitigate these threats.
The purpose of the bi-partisan NCGR is to identify and promote national strategic policy initiatives to ensure the security and resilience of the U.S. electrical grid. In 2020 the Commission issued a landmark report to prepare the United States to confront threats to the Nation’s grid. As stated in the report: “Confronted with the ravages of a pandemic that many understood as an abstract possibility but failed to recognize as a real public health or economic threat, it is time to think differently about how we conceptualize and prepare for potentially catastrophic events.” In addition to General Clark, NCGR Commissioners include: Congressman Issa (co-chair), Norm Augustine, Paul Kern, Kevin Knobloch, Gueta Mezzetti, Dan Poneman, and Adam Cohen. The website for the Commission and the 2020 report is available at: https://gridresilience.org/.
This Distinguished Speaker Series event will provide InfraGard members with an understanding of the evolving threats our critical infrastructure. The speakers will also discuss the multipronged approach needed to enact rapid and robust measures to protect the U.S. electric grid.
Upon completion of this webinar, the attendee will be able to evaluate the threats to the U.S. electric grid and potential technological, operational, and policy responses. Covered threats will include:
- Physical attacks
- Electro-magnetic pulses
- Other threats and threat multipliers
Meeting the challenges posed by these threats will require rapid responses and the development of new technologies with a minimum of bureaucratic red tape. The sheer scale of the transmission and distribution systems and the widening attack surface of grid-connected devices requires diverse expertise spanning: cybersecurity; industrial control systems; artificial intelligence; civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering; materials science; grid architecture; interdependent systems analysis for gas and telecommunications considerations; systems management; public policy design, and many others. The need to not only react to emerging threats but to anticipate and regain the lead against potential adversaries requires the innovation and talent of the private technology sector in combination with forward thinking government planners. The InfraGard membership is uniquely positioned to serve as community of practice encompassing these diverse strategic domains.
1. Wesley Clark is a businessman, educator, writer and commentator. General Clark serves as Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm; Chairman and Founder of Enverra, Inc. a licensed investment bank; Chairman of Energy Security Partners, LLC; as well as numerous corporate boards including BNK Petroleum and Leagold Mining. He is active in energy, including oil and gas, biofuels, electric power and batteries, finance, and security. During his business career he has served as an advisory, consultant or board member of over ninety private and publicly traded companies. In the not-for-profit space, he is a Senior Fellow at UCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations, Director of the Atlantic Council; Founding Chair of City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock, and Founder of Renew America Together. A best-selling author, General Clark has written four books and is a frequent contributor on TV and to newspapers.
Clark retired as a four-star general after 38 years in the United States Army, having served in his last assignments as Commander of US Southern Command and then as Commander of US European Command/ Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. He graduated first in his class at West Point and completed degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) as a Rhodes scholar. While serving in Vietnam, he commanded an infantry company in combat, where he was severely wounded and evacuated home on a stretcher. He later commanded at the battalion, brigade and division level, and served in a number of significant staff positions, including service as the Director, Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5). He was the principal author of both the US National Military Strategy and Joint Vision 2010, prescribing US warfighting for full-spectrum dominance. He also worked with Ambassador Richard Holbrooke in the Dayton Peace Process, where he helped write and negotiate significant portions of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement. In his final assignment as Supreme Allied Commander Europe he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, a 78-day air campaign, backed by ground invasion planning and a diplomatic process, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing. His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), Silver star, bronze star, purple heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and numerous other awards from other governments, including award of Commander of the Legion of Honor (France). He has also been awarded the Department of State Distinguished Service Award and numerous honorary doctorates and civilian honors.
2. Dr. Bri-Mathias Hodge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering and a Fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also a Chief Scientist in the Power Systems Engineering Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). His research focuses on the modeling and simulation of power and energy systems, with an emphasis on the operational and planning challenges posed by the integration of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power. He is an author on over 100 journal articles in this area and has received five best paper awards at the IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting. At NREL he has received Outstanding Mentor Awards on five occasions, the NREL President’s Award in 2016, the NREL Outstanding Performance Award and Director's Publication Impact Award in 2019, and the NREL Chairman's Award in 2020. Dr. Hodge also received a Fulbright Fellowship in 2016 for a sabbatical at VTT in Finland.