Amb. R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence and current Chancellor at The Institute of World Politics, appeared on Fox News on March 6, where he discussed the threat that Iran and North Korea pose to the U.S. electrical grid.
Mr. Woolsey explained that if Iran obtains a nuclear weapon, even a primitive one, the U.S. would be at risk of a devastating attack, and not protecting the country is a desertion of duty. He further explained that the threat of North Korea is even greater than that of Iran because North Korea currently has nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, which can be put into orbit.
Mr. Woolsey also noted that if Iran follows North Korea’s example and is able to put into orbit one of the primitive ballistic missiles it already has, it may very well be detonated over U.S. soil. If launched at the correct altitude, it could wipe out the entire electric grid. This would cause an electric outage for the entire country, which in turn would mean a lack of resources, including water and food.
The difference between this threat and former nuclear arms races, such as the Cold War, he said, is that the Soviet Union was more willing to comply with arms control agreements. Iran and North Korea are both countries that are run by irrational and deranged leaders who are not willing to negotiate. Woolsey concluded by saying that, although the U.S. already has protective mechanisms for the grid established, such as surge chip protectors, the transformers, which are the heart of the electric system on the grid, could still be destroyed by the pulses from such an attack.
The cost estimate for necessary changes to the grid to produce higher security is roughly 2 to 20 billion dollars; Amb. Woolsey said that in the grand scheme of things, this is a small price to pay for the preservation of our entire country.
Ambassador R. James Woolsey, currently Chancellor at IWP, has served as the Director of Central Intelligence, as chief negotiator to the CFE (Conventional Armed Forces in Europe) talks with the rank of ambassador, and as General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. Mr. Woolsey has been one of the most prominent analysts of national security issues, as well as energy policy.
The full video can been watched here.