The power grid is vulnerable to a terrorist attack, former Secretary of Defense William Cohen said. A direct assault on the electrical system would cause chaos and civil unrest throughout the country, the former government official said. Natural disasters, such as Carrington Event-level solar flares, could also take down the power delivery system nationwide.
William Cohen was a Republican Senator from Maine and is currently serving as the CEO and chairman of The Cohen Group. Cohen recently released a new thriller, Collision, which is published by Forge Books. Cohen served as Secretary of Defense under President Bill Clinton from 1997-2001.
The destruction of the power grid by terrorists would not necessarily have to involve an EMP attack, according to Cohen.
"You can do it through cyber attacks, and that's the real threat coming up as well. We have to look at cyber attacks being able to shut down our power grid, which you have to remember is in the private sector's hands, not the government's. And we're vulnerable," the former Secretary of Defense added. "It's possible and whether it's likely to happen soon remains to be seen."
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that a cyber attack on the power grid was a matter of "when," not "if."
Former senior CIA analyst and EMP Task Force On National Homeland Security Director, Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, told Newsmax TV that that America is a "sitting duck" for a terror attack that could completely destroy the power grid and take the lives of every nine out of ten Americans in the process.