There’s a sobering article on the Weaponsman Blog discussing in some detail the attack last April on the Grid in California and other attacks around the country.
What can a mere rifle do?
There’s a good bit of discussion going around right now that the April attack was a “test run” of a terrorist attack targeting the power grid. The truly sobering part of it is that when you read the article you will realize just how amazingly vulnerable the power grid is to a concerted attack and how difficult it would be to recover from such an attack.
It doesn’t matter how much effort and money is put into it after it happens. The primary problem is that the parts needed to replace the damaged and destroyed equipment simply DOES NOT EXIST and would have to be manufactured.
As I mentioned in a prior post the manufacturing of large transformers is all done in Europe or Asia. We don’t have the capability in the United States.
Manufacturing those parts is not something that will be done overnight of by next week. That’s especially true if there was a coordinated attack that damaged or destroyed a large number of them. The manufacturing capacity quite simply does not exist to manufacture a large number of them rapidly.
Bottom line is that if there were a serious attack on the power grid targeting the most vulnerable components, the primary large transformers, it would be weeks at best, more likely months and very possibly years before the damage was repaired. Meanwhile you and I would have to survive the aftermath.
Something to keep in mind.