THE 21ST CENTURY AND CURRENT REVOLUTIONS
Um. Let me help you. This is what modern revolution looks like from the outside:
- Mobility: Rapid continuous runs, disrupting infrastructure.
- Disrupting transport, commerce, trade and first responders.
- Starting fires, breaking water and gas, mains.
- “Deplatforming” academics, the media, and politicians.
- Watching the ‘urban plantations’ collapse in chaos.
- Lots of barbecues, parties, and other celebrations with many new friends.
7. All the Loot you can carry.
8. Commandeering a new vehicle to transport it – and you.
9. Getting paid 250k each to go home.
10. Telling fish stories about your adventures until you’re old and grey.
And of course, there is the alternative of the status quo.
This is what revolutionaries around the world are doing. They are not trying to get control of government and to use it for territorial expansion.
Because the era of 4GW is here, and the Peace of Westphalia has ended, and the western way of war cannot concentrate forces on men in sneakers, flip flops, among the citizenry.
—“The NIAC was challenged to think beyond even our most severe power disruptions, imagining an outage that stretches beyond days and weeks to months or years, and affects large swaths of the country.
Unlike severe weather disasters, a catastrophic power outage may occur with little or no notice and result from myriad types of scenarios: for example, a sophisticated cyber physical attack resulting in severe physical infrastructure damage; attacks timed to follow and exacerbate a major natural disaster; a large-scale wildfire, earthquake, or geomagnetic event; or a series of attacks or events over a short period of time that compound to create significant physical damage to our nation’s infrastructure.
An event of this severity may also be an act of war, requiring a simultaneous military response that further draws upon limited resources.
For the purpose of this study, the NIAC focused not on the cause, but rather on the consequences, which are best categorized as severe, widespread, and long-lasting.
The type of event contemplated will include not only an extended loss of power, but also a cascading loss of other critical services—drinking water and wastewater, communications, financial services, transportation, fuel, healthcare, and others—which may slow recovery and impede re-energizing the grid.
Most importantly, the scale of the event—stretching across states and regions, affecting tens of millions of people—would exceed and exhaust mutual aid resources and capabilities. The ability to share public and private resources across businesses and jurisdictions underpins our nation’s emergency response plans and strategies today. (See Appendix C for a more detailed definition of a catastrophic outage).
This profound threat requires a new national focus. The NIAC found that our existing plans, response resources, and coordination strategies would be outmatched by an event of this severity.”—