LA’s Loss of a Transformer is a Wake-up Call for America

Over the weekend, 140,000 people in Los Angeles spent 12 steamy hours without power when a local high-voltage transformer blew up.  No one knows the cause of this particular disruption of service.  But it’s the latest reminder of an ominous reality.

The U.S. electric bulk power distribution system, better known as “the grid,” is literally indispensable to life in 21st  Century America. If it is widely disrupted and stays down, we’ll quickly lose access to clean water, safe food, our finances, transportation, communications, health care, etc.

The present grid critically depends on several thousand large – and vulnerable – transformers to move power around the country. There’s   effectively no way to replace them all.  If we lose large numbers of them, through enemy action or naturally occurring solar storms, we are toast.

To avoid such a fate, we must secure the grid now.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.