Nergy Infrastructure Protection & Homeland Security
Please answer the following questions, 3.5 pages double spaced for each answer, use quotation marks and citations if you quote, Times New Roman 12 point font): There is no set topic to the questions. The class is a energy Infrastruture Protection & Homeland Security. There are two questions, each consisting of 3.5 pages response. Most of the material will have to be retrieved via the internet; however, I do have a couple of chapters that I can upload. The course consist of:
exploration of the energy sector and homeland security, including resources, critical infrastructure protection and vulnerabilities. Specific topics such as pipeline security, security of the electrical grid, cyber-dependence and SCADA systems.
1. You have just been hired as the emergency manager for a medium-sized town in the Midwest. Your first day in the position, your deputy tells you that your predecessor had commissioned a vulnerability assessment from an outside consultant to review the energy infrastructure in the town. Like most towns, this one has an electric power plant and a natural gas works. It also, however, has a large oil refinery. The consultant is expensive and the town doesnt have a great deal of money. You need to give the consultant some direction on the types of vulnerabilities he is likely to encounter. What are they? Rank them all in order of possible danger to the public. Make certain that you distinguish between threats and vulnerabilities.
2. Consider this scenario: Israel has just attacked Iran in an attempt to destroy the latters nuclear weapons research. Iran has retaliated by closing the Straits of Hormuz and preventing oil shipments from getting through. As an adviser to the Secretary of Energy, what do you recommend as a way to keep oil flowing? Consider all policy options, including those not necessarily within the purview of the Secretary, but that he needs to consider so that he doesnt step on the toes of other departments.