2018 EMP Summit Highlights

The InfraGard Electromagnetic Pulse Special Interest Group (EMP SIG) has supported preparedness and recovery of the critical infrastructures of the United States since its founding in year 2011.

The InfraGard EMP SIG sponsored a Summit on December 7, 2018 at the U. S. National Capitol Visitors Center in Washington DC.

  • The Agenda for the day is reproduced below.
  • The video of the presentations: SUMMIT VIDEOS
    • We offer a special “Thank you” to David Womick, Producer & Director of Earthling Films, for recording and making available the presentations.
  • Power Point Slides for the following presentations: Major David Stuckenberg • Dr. George Baker • Gale Nordling • General Luke Reiner • Senator Bob Hall • Curtis Birnback • Tom Popik • William Harris • Patrick Carrick • Jeff Weiss


  • 8:45 Welcomes Mary Lasky, Chair EMP SIG, Gary Gardner, Chairman, InfraGard National, Stephanie Shark, FBI
  • 9:00 Congressman David Price (D-NC), House Intelligence Committee – introduced by Steve Volandt, Vice Chair EMP SIG and Vice President Auroros
  • 9:15 Caitlin Durkovich, Director Toffler Associates introduced by Gary Gardner
  • 9:45 Director Bob Kolasky, DHS National Protection and Program Directorate’s (NPPD) National Risk Management Center Department of Homeland Security — introduced by Gary Gardner
  • 10:15 Break
  • 10:30 Highlights from Spartacus by Ambassador James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence, and Major David Stuckenberg, Aide-de-camp to the Commander of Air Education & Training Command
  • 10:40 Highlights from Microgrids at the Crossroads by Dr. George Baker, Director, Foundation for Resilient Societies
  • 10:50 Gale Nordling, Emprimus introduced by Bill Harris
  • 11:05 Recent Actions in the States — David Winks, Managing Director Acqusight, Moderator General Luke Reiner, National Guard TAG, Wyoming Texas Senator Bob Hall
  • 12:00 Curtis Birnbach, Advanced Fusion Introduced by David Winks
  • 12:15 Lunch
  • 1:15 Mark Welsko, Worldwide Environmental Services introduced by Chuck Manto
  • 1:30 Actions in DOD – Lucian Niemeyer, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, introduced by Dr. George Baker, Director, Foundation for Resilient Societies
  • 2:00 Discussion on Emergency Action including FAST Act Emergency Orders – Paul Stockton, former Assistant Secretary of Defense, with Ambassador Jim Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence
  • 2:30 EMP & GMD Cost Study by Tom Popik, Foundation for Resilient Societies introduced by Mary Lasky
  • 2:45 Cost Recovery Methods by Bill Harris, Vice Chair EMP SIG introduced by Steve Volandt
  • 3:00 EMP Challenges and Opportunities: Summing It Up — Major General Julie A. Bentz, Director for Nuclear Defense Policy, National Security Council Staff introduced by Mary Lasky
  • 3:30 Pat Carrick, Chief Scientist, DHS Science and Technology Division introduced by Mary Lasky
  • 4:00 Technology and Investment Review Karlos Bruce, Armag Corporation Don Hoffman, Excel Services Andrew Whitney, Energy Investment Partners (EIP) and VelociFoam Joel Coulter, Agile Fractal Grid Alliance
  • 4:45 Jeff Weiss, Distributed Sun
  • 4:55 Remarks by Chuck Manto
  • 5:00 Closing Remarks – Mary Lasky

We Thank Our Sponsors: Emprimus, Advanced Fusion Worldwide, Environmental Services, Hartwell Capitol Consulting, Armag Corp, EXCEL Services, Energy Investment Partners & VelociForm, Agile Fractal Grid, Intenergys, AUI/Woodstar Labs, and Trusted Systems.

Southeast Region EMP SIG Update

by Torry Crass

The InfraGard groups in North Carolina based out of Charlotte and Raleigh have been working hard over the past several months to get EMP SIG programs up and running which will hopefully cover state and local activities as well as contributing heavily to the formation of the Southeast Regional EMP SIG.


I'm happy to say that the regional group has been granted provisional status under the National EMP SIG. This has actually been the case for a little over a month now but various other InfraGard activities had briefly taken priority but focus is returning to EMP at this time.

The new regional group has been formally designated the InfraGard Electromagnetic Pulse Special Interest Group for the Southeast. Quite the long name! As such, we've decided to shorten the name from this to InfraGard EMP SIG Southeast and then further to the designation we'll be using going forward, IES-SE.

In addition to the work putting together the regional group, key individuals including Chuck Manto (National EMP SIG), Gary Gardner (National EMP SIG, INMA Board), Torry Crass (IES-SE, Charlotte), and Stephen Volandt (IES-SE, Raleigh) have been engaged with the State of North Carolina in various discussions around high impact resiliency and preparedness. Which the state is currently working on.


While there is still plans and expectations to have more significant involvement for those interested in these and related projects, both at the local and regional levels, we are still working through details and setup before engaging others. We want to assure everyone that activity and involvement opportunities are coming while also ensuring that the infrastructure and support is available before we ramp up activity and get bogged down in logistical problems.

Please continue to check back for more information on the Southeast regional and Charlotte/Raleigh EMP programs.