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National Security Expert Updates Nevada Legislators on Electric Grid Vulnerabilities, Solutions


Assemblywoman Jill Tolles (AD25), Vice-Admiral Lee Gunn (ret.), and Dr. Maureen McCarthy of the National Security Forum following a meeting on energy and national security issues.

“Nevada is uniquely positioned to respond to threats by implementing robust renewable energy production and distributed energy solutions”

CARSON CITY — Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, U.S. Navy (retired), Vice Chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board, presented key findings of the CNA report “National Security and Assured U.S. Electrical Power” to the Nevada Assembly’s Growth and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday, March 21, 2019, as part of his three day series of meetings with government agencies, legislators, media, and national security advocates, facilitated by the National Security Forum of Northern Nevada.

The CNA’s Military Advisory Board is an elite group of retired three- and four-star flag and general officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps that studies pressing issues of the day to assess their impact on America’s national security.

“Admiral Gunn’s message on the need to improve the resilience of our electric grid and reduce risks to our local and national economies was well received by all with whom he met on this visit to Nevada,” said Dr. Maureen McCarthy, Program and Commentary Chair of the National Security Forum of Northern Nevada. “We appreciate in particular the interest of the legislators who are looking to accelerate the use of clean energy, distributed, generation, and electric transportation–policies which help address the concerns highlighted by Admiral Gunn.”

About the National Security Forum of Northern Nevada

The National Security Forum of Northern Nevada (NSF) is a non-profit educational organization guided by a Board of Directors who are building the NSF into a premier educational organization to promote learning and debate about national security issues.

About Vice Admiral Lee Gunn

Vice Admiral Lee F. Gunn, USN (Ret.), Vice Chairman, CNA’s Military Advisory Board, served for 35 years in the U.S. Navy. His last active duty assignment was Inspector General of the Department of the Navy where he was responsible for the Department’s overall inspection program and its assessments of readiness, training, and quality of service.

Serving in the Surface Navy in a variety of theaters, Gunn rose through the cruiser/destroyer force to command the Frigate USS Barbey, then commanded the Navy’s anti-submarine warfare tactical and technical evaluation Destroyer squadron, DESRON 31. He later commanded Amphibious Group Three.

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