Vulnerability of the Nation's Electric Systems to Multi-site Terrorist Attack : Hearing Before the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred First Congress, Second Session, June 28, 1990

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1990 - 151 pages

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