GridExIII Drill Coincides with American Terror Threat: “ISIS Cells Could Attack Our Power Grid”

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
By Paul Martin

Mac Slavo
November 18th, 2015

The threat of an ISIS attack on U.S. soil has become a tangible possibility and a perhaps an inevitable one, with the Paris attacks demonstrating how easily terrorists can infiltrate Western nations and target public areas.

The political chaos that is enveloping the globe with the demise of the dollar and the eruption of war in Syria and other locales makes this nation ripe for another catastrophic event – perhaps to manufacture support for military strikes or more venues of war in the Middle East.

With that in mind, the United States and North American Energy Reliance Corporation has launched two days of high level national security exercises for today, November 18, and November 19. Known as GridEx III, simulations will engage top energy executives and senior government officials, including those in Homeland Security, in scenarios for an attack on the power grid.

According to the GridEx III fact sheet, the multi-level exercise is:

“An opportunity for utilities to demonstrate how they would respond to simulated coordinated cyber and physical security threats and incidents” (source)

“NERC’s grid security exercise (GridEx III) is designed for electric utilities to exercise their response to simulated coordinated cyber and physical security threats and incidents… GridEx III will help participants strengthen their capability to respond to and recover from severe events affecting the reliable operation of North America’s bulk power system…”

“NERC is also coordinating a separate tabletop discussion for industry executives and senior government officials.”

GridEx III provides an opportunity for utilities to exercise their physical security and cybersecurity procedures in a learning environment… The exercise is focused on security and operational response.” (source)

The exercise includes scenario training with players who will think the live operations and/or crisis are real, and include “fake news broadcasts” that may be indistinguishable from legitimate reports to employees and observers involved in the response:

Player–shielded from scenario knowledge; participate as if exercise events are real

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