Deterring Attacks Against the Power Grid: Two Approaches for the U.S. Department of Defense
RAND ARROYO CENTER SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA United States
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The U.S. Department of Defense DoD increasingly relies on electric power to accomplish critical missions. As a result, ensuring that forces and facilities have access to a reliable supply of electric power is critical for mission assurance. However, DoD does not directly manage its supply of power most of the electricity consumed by military installations in the continental United States comes from the commercial grida system that is largely outside of DoD control and increasingly vulnerable to both natural hazards and deliberate attacks. DoD already undertakes activities to improve mission resilience to grid outages for systems or infrastructure that it does manage or control, but it could benefit from further considerations of where, when, and how to pursue various methods for boosting the power resilience of systems or infrastructure outside its control. This study examines two approaches that DoD might consider as options for deterring attacks against the power grid.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution
- Land Mine Warfare