1. Guarding the Grid - 08.14.2011


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    The massive system of power lines known as "the grid" provides almost every spark of electricity in America - but what if it crashes? On the eighth anniversary of the biggest blackout in U.S. history, energyNOW! explores what's being done now to prevent future outages and protect the grid against terror attacks. energyNOW! Spotlight: Guarding the Grid In 2003, a power line near Cleveland, Ohio sagged into a tree and shorted out. It started a cascade of failures across the Midwest, Northeast and parts of Canada, causing the worst blackout in U.S. history. Since then, utilities and grid operators have implemented new technology and procedures to guard against another major blackout. But the number of smaller power outages has doubled in recent years, costing the economy about $180 billion a year, according to University of Minnesota engineering professor and power grid expert Massoud Amin. Anchor Thalia Assuras looks at cutting-edge technology that can prevent blackouts before they occur, efforts by the federal government to create a safer and smarter grid, and goes inside the high-tech nerve center of the country's largest grid operator to see how we're guarding our aging grid. The Mix: Cyber-terrorism's Threat A cyber-terrorism attack could cripple America's electric grid, shutting down everything from communications to transportation to law enforcement. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says such an attack could be America's "next Pearl Harbor." Are we prepared to protect our power system against a cyber attack? Anchor Thalia Assuras talks with former CIA Director James Woolsey about the security measures being used to counter the threat and how smart grid technology could make the country more susceptible to attack. Taking Charge: Living Off-Grid Living "off the grid" may conjure images of counter-culture hippies or the old-fashioned ways of the Amish, but there's a growing movement of people who generate their own electricity and live in the lap of luxury without ever paying a utility bill. Correspondent Patty Kim meets some of the estimated 180,000 families across North America using clean energy technology to become self-sufficient and enjoy all the comforts of modern life, off the grid.

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    • West Wing Week: 04/29/11 or "Final Adjustments"


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      Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, while the White House celebrated Easter, holding the traditional egg roll on the South Lawn, President Obama kept his focus on the nation's finances, working on short term and long term ways to get away from high gas prices. He also pledged support for Alabama and other states in the South hit by devastating storms and announced new key members of his National Security team.

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      • Obama's visit to the CIA headquarters (2009)


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        U.S. President Barack Obama visits the CIA headquarters and speaks to CIA employees during a visit to the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters on April 20, 2009 in Langley, Virginia.

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        • 2010 NAAAP Convention Keynote - Leon Panetta, CIA Director


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          Leon Edward Panetta 19th Director of Central Intelligence Agency Leon Edward Panetta became the 19th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on 13 February 2009. As Director, he leads the Agency and manages human intelligence and open source collection programs on behalf of the Intelligence Community. Mr. Panetta has dedicated much of his life to public service. Before joining CIA, he spent 10 years co-directing with his wife, Sylvia, the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, based at California State University, Monterey Bay. The Institute is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit center that seeks to instill in young men and women the virtues and values of public service. In March 2006, he was chosen as a member of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan committee established at the urging of Congress to conduct an independent assessment of the war in Iraq. From July 1994 to January 1997, Mr. Panetta served as Chief of Staff to President Clinton. Prior to that, he was Director of the Office of Management and Budget, a position that built on his years of work on the House Budget Committee. Mr. Panetta represented California's 16th (now 17th) Congressional District from 1977 to 1993, rising to Budget Committee chairman during his final four years in Congress. Early in his career, Mr. Panetta served as a legislative assistant to Senator Thomas H. Kuchel of California, special assistant to the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, director of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, and executive assistant to Mayor John Lindsay of New York. He also spent five years in private law practice. He served as an Army intelligence officer from 1964 to 1966 and received the Army Commendation Medal. Mr. Panetta holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a law degree, both from Santa Clara University. He was born on 28 June 1938 in Monterey, where his Italian immigrant parents operated a restaurant. Later, they purchased a farm in Carmel Valley, a place Director and Mrs. Panetta continue to call home. The Panettas have three grown sons and five grandchildren.

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