Although threats against infrastructure are hardly a new issue, recent warnings about a resurgence of terrorist threats to the U.S. power grids have come from members of the U.S. Congress, government agencies like the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and academic researchers. Ranking high among the various threats to the U.S. power grid is the threat of physical attacks by violent extremists. Both far-left and far-right domestic violent extremists (DVEs) pose threats to the transmission and distribution components of the U.S. power grid (hereafter “transmission grid”).
Beutel, Alejandro J. and Daryl Johnson. 2023. Domestic Violent Extremist Targeting of the U.S. Electrical Transmission Grid. Washington, DC: New Lines Institute.