President Eisenhower justified the interstate highway system as a way to move arms and personnel swiftly across the country in times of crisis. Its economic and cultural value today is inestimable. The ‘electron superhighway’—in other words, the high-voltage grid – is no less important in the age of digital communications and commerce, cyber warfare, and climate change. Experts explain how investment in a robust and resilient grid is essential to North American defense and sustainable economies.


Moderator: Hon. Jim Hoecker, Executive Director and Counsel to WIRES
Hon. Patricia Hoffman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
Hon. Dr. Paul Stockton, Managing Director, Sonecon, LLC
Hon. John Conger, Director, The Center for Climate and Security
Hon. Brian Harrell, Assistant Director, CISA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security