Study Reveals U.S. Power Grid Too Unreliable to be Brought Down by a Terrorist Attack

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A new study shows why it would be hard for terrorists to bring down the US electric grid.  

Last March, the U.S. Congress heard testimony about a scientific study in the journal Safety Science. A military analyst worried that the paper presented a model of how an attack on a small, unimportant part of the U.S. power grid might, like dominoes, bring the whole grid down. Members of Congress were, of course, concerned. Then, a similar paper came out in the journal Nature the next month that presented a model of how a cascade of failing interconnected networks led to a blackout that covered Italy in 2003.

 

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