As the world teeters on the brink of a nuclear confrontation with North Korea, FEMA and the U. S. Department of Energy are preparing to wargame so-called “Black Sky Hazards” that could result in a “subcontinent scale, long duration power outage, with cascading failure of all our other increasingly interdependent infrastructures.” Here’s how EarthEx2017 described the exercise:
Concerns have grown over the potential for severe malicious or natural ‘Black Sky’ hazards associated with subcontinent scale, long duration power outages, with cascading failure of all our other increasingly interdependent infrastructures. This creates a grim and difficult dilemma: Restoration of any sector will only be possible with at least minimal operation of all the others.
To deal with this deadlock, careful sector by sector and cross-sector resilience planning is crucial. However, such plans, to be effective, must be exercised. With the diversity and the national and global scale of the infrastructures we now depend on, this requires an unprecedented, multi-sector, national and international exercise series.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 10, 2017.