Warning from the former director of CIA in the Wall Street Journal...
We are grossly unprepared for an EMP attack on this country!
Dire reports from the EMP Commission from 2004 and 2008 have been "much neglected"!
The threat comes from nation states and terrorist organizations who can detonate a nuclear device above our skies by ICBM, SCUD missile (for example from a freighter near our shores), a space-launched vehicle that lifts satelittes into orbit, and even from low-yield nuclear weapons closer to home.
Russia and China "have considered limited nuclear-attack options that...employ EMP as the primary or sole means of attack."
North Korea in 2012 orbited a satellite compatible with such a small nuclear warhead "for the delviery of a surprise nuclear EMP attack against the U.S."
Here's the clincher on the damage this could do to us:
"Within 12 months of a nationwide blackout, up to 90% of the U.S. population could possibly perish from starvation, disease, and social breakdown."
But for roughly $2 billion dollars we could protect the national electrical grid with surge arrestors, faraday cages and more.
However, the bills to authorize this and protect us are stalled.
This is a known threat that our enemies are preparing for and what are we doing sitting on our hands, again?
Or as the comedian Lewis Black says, "If we're going nowhere as a country, why can't we get there faster?" ;-)
(Source Photo: here with attribution to Wil C. Fry)