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US National Security, Critical Infrastructure, Reference, Political Science, SCADA, Cyber Attacks, Vulnerability & Risk

Understanding America’s Greatest Existential Threats
Homeland Security and Paralysis of the Electrical Grid Systems by Dr. J. R. Maxwell




In this introductory volume, readers will learn about the vital role that the various Critical Infrastructure (CI) sectors play in America, in the context of homeland security. The protection, maintenance, and monitoring of these interdependent CI assets is a shared responsibility of governments, private sector owner/operators, first responders, and all those involved in homeland security and emergency management. As this foundational learning resource demonstrates, rapidly advancing technologies combined with exponential growth in demand on the aging infrastructure of America’s power grid is setting the stage for a potentially catastrophic collapse that would paralyze each and every facet of civilian life and military operations. This meticulously researched primer will guide readers through the known world of power failures and cyber-attacks to the emerging threat from a High-altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP). A HEMP would cause cascading failures in the power grid, communications, water treatment facilities, oil refineries, pipelines, banking, supply chain management, food production, air traffic control, and all forms of transportation. Each chapter in America’s Greatest Existential Threat (Vol. 1) begins with learning objectives and ends with a series of review questions to assess take-up of the chapter material. Similarly, subsequent volumes will explore HEMP and emerging issues in closer detail with current research and analysis now in development.


"The importance of securing and maintaining the infrastructure of the United States cannot be overstated. It is crucial as a country to exercise extreme due diligence when working towards reducing mounting security threats to which the Nation’s critical infrastructure remains exposed."

—Dr. Daniel Callaway, DCS


Dr. J. R. Maxwell DM, MSM, BSCJ has an earned Doctorate in Management with a concentration in homeland security, a Master’s in Management, a Bachelor’s in the science of criminal justice, as well as multiple state and federal certifications and continuing education courses. Dr. Maxwell served over three

decades in the United States Marine Corps, state and local law enforcement, penology, private criminal investigations, and simultaneously volunteered as a firefighter. She currently works as an independent researcher, consultant and trainer in homeland security awareness involving local, national, and homeland security, and is an active member of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security, Secure the Grid Coalition, LA Grid Coalition, and is a CTU Alumni Board member and National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS) member.


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