Large-scale power outages are unlikely in New Jersey because of safeguards built into the electric grid, safety measures implemented following major weather events, and regular tests of grid resiliency. Last Thursday, an explosion at a high voltage substation near Brussels, Belgium damaged a physical connection between electrical grid components—causing a widespread power outage. Technicians restored power within three hours and reported a technical issue still under investigation caused the explosion.
Since declaring its so-called “caliphate” in 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has exploited European travel laws, organized teams of returning European foreign fighters, and radicalized individuals already in Europe to conduct multi-operative attacks. This capability limits law enforcement’s ability to detect and interdict attacks such as in Paris last November and in Brussels in March.