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John Kelly Promises to Protect US Power Grid

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Friday, 13 Jan 2017 11:57 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Last year, Congress charged the Department of Homeland Security with developing a strategy for securing our vulnerable electric grid against all hazards, including sabotage, cyberwarfare and electromagnetic pulses.

The necessity for such a plan was underscored when the Russians hacked into – and temporarily took down – parts of Ukraine’s grid for the second time in recent years. The particular vulnerabilities Russia exploited could be a dress rehearsal for what it – or others – might do to us in the future.

The man tasked with protecting against such a potentially catastrophic assault here is Department of Homeland Security Secretary-designate John Kelly.

Thankfully, Gen. Kelly testified during his confirmation hearing this week that he takes this responsibility seriously — a most refreshing change from his predecessor, Jeh Johnson, and the rest of the Obama administration leadership.

The question now is: Will such corrective action materialize in time?

Frank Gaffney, Jr. is president of the Center for Security Policy, a columnist for The Washington Times, and host of the nationally syndicated program, Secure Freedom Radio. Read more reports from Frank Gaffney, Jr. — Click Here Now

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