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Vulnerabilities to attacks in US electrical delivery being countered, starting with nuclear generating facilities

DALLAS (Dec. 23, 2013) – A whole new generation of power plant security experts are being trained to keep up with the growing threats to US electrical delivery systems. The antiquated maze of America’s electrical delivery, thought by many as too complex for much mischief, is coming under increased concern.

Now Alabama State University (ASU) has teamed up with experts at Total Protection Services Global (TPSG) to better educate and train energy facility professionals. TPSG is a minority owned security firm with a woman CEO named Phrantceena Halres and unique to the industry with its dynamic solutions.

The new ASU academy will start first by focusing on needs in securing nuclear installations. Known as NuclearPro Academy, the partnership between ASU and TPSG was engineered by Donald V. Watkins, an aggressive energy entrepreneur with world headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, whose father was one time president of ASU and himself a trustee.

“It is a wonderful project, first of its kind in America,” says Watkins. “It’s more than protecting $200billion in assets at 64 nuclear power generation facilities and protecting those high-value assets there, it’s people being trained at an historically black university in America.”

Watkins is well known in the nuclear industry as cornering African uranium in 2012 that had instead been sought by Iran, and spoke by phone from his office in Birmingham on the ScienceNews Radio Network program, the Promise of Tomorrow [] with Colonel Mason. The program originates in Dallas, Texas, and then heard Webcast and archived for its world audience.

There are 64 nuclear generating facilities in the United States and this program is expected to be a feeder to all. Then plans are for it to expand with the same high level of security to protect alternative power plants. “I was always impressed with Phrantceena Halres,” Watkins said on the program. “I didn’t know any blacks in that business when I met her 12 years ago. I felt she would be a perfect fit objectively speaking. TPSG has all the criteria that matters for corporate America in terms of management, financial systems; and TPSG is an industry leader, so this is marriage between two equally capable partners with grant funding both from the private sector and the public sector.”



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