Article Out Loud - Superstorm Amplifies Need for Power Grid Modernization

By J. MICHAEL BARRETT, An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness, December 05, 2012.

This 2012 article describes the power grid challenges of Superstorm Sandy that still exist and emphasizes the need to increase preventative measures and spending to mitigate costs related to natural disasters.

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

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J. Michael Barrett

J. Michael Barrett is director of the Center for Homeland Security & Resilience, an adjunct scholar with the Lexington Institute, and a former director of strategy for the White House Homeland Security Council. Serving as a Naval Intelligence Officer in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, he worked on a variety of programs aimed at defeating terrorists overseas before transitioning to homeland security and developing core strategies and policies enabling a risk-based posture for federal, state, and local efforts. His recent work includes authoring Lexington’s “Future of the Power Grid” series. A former Fulbright Scholar, author or co-author of two books, many White House, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security strategies, and dozens of terrorism and homeland security articles, he also has been a frequent national security guest on television programs including ABC, Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and Nightline. He can be reached at



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