This is the second piece of a two part series. The first post is here.
Smart grids are being introduced in certain military installations, such as in Washington, DC and San Diego, CA, but are not yet fully operational. They are impressive but the big question remains – are they vulnerable to cyber-threats? In-the-field applications experimentation and training for applications-oriented “real world” sites is laudable, but the learning curve takes time on optimizing energy savings and generation, load shifting and shedding, sensor coordination, and maintenance. The first DoD step should be a DoD-wide requirement that all on-site energy systems connected to the electric grid must minimally have “smart” switching. This requirement must become a standard practice; meaning when there is independent on-base electric generation, if the grid goes down, the electric power is redirected towards critical functions. This can be accomplished automatically and not via computer or internet so there can be no cyber-interference.
Scott Sklar, The Stella Group, LTD
This is part one of a two part series.
The U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) role is to protect our country. Its military installations, forward operating bases, and vehicles all need to be at a higher standard than in the civilian world where our usage is dictated primarily by cost. Within DoD, usage is dictated by “risks” and being prepared for unanticipated contingencies.