Catastrophic Blackout: California Ports and National Security

GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab

With rising threats from naturally occurring events and human caused attacks, California’s ports are a critical piece of infrastructure that must be protected at all times. In order to operate these ports rely on systems and networks. Electricity is the most important critical node that drives port operations. Without electricity, California’s ports will be dormant and the U.S. border would open a weakness that can be exploited by threat actors. These actors may have the intent and capability to exploit that weakness. If and when the grid does fail, the incorporation of continuity of operations for California’s ports and the maritime domain will be imperative for security and economic prosperity.