March, 2017: Chicago’s WGN TV investigative reporter Ben Bradley was at Argonne in March with a film crew, to tape a story about GSS’s resilience and security work. Chick Macal, Megan Clifford, Nate Evans, and Tom Wall starred as what has become popularly named “The Doomsday Squad.”
“… A team of researchers at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont is hard at work trying to predict chaos. They’re simulating the impact of everything from massive power outages to Ebola outbreaks.
They’ve been dubbed the ‘Doomsday Squad’ and their job is to anticipate everything from food and water shortages to the pandemonium caused by plague.
Charles ‘Chick’ Macal’s job is to expect the unexpected. His official title is chief scientist in Argonne’s global security sciences division. Macal leads a team that used Argonne’s $180 million super computer. It allows them to see how one disaster could to lead to another disaster. “Our work is not to scare people, it’s meant to educate people,” Macal said.
Scientists are exploring the cascade effect of major infrastructure failures. ‘The important thing isn’t what takes out an infrastructure asset but what happens afterward and the domino effect,’ Argonne strategy and innovation director Megan Clifford told WGN.”