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With the end of the Cold War, the threat of a massive bipolar nuclear exchange has, thankfully, abated. However, one of the most frightening consequences of nuclear proliferation among rogue states and, potentially, terrorist organizations, is these bad actors’ ability to create unimaginable devastation without massive stockpiles of warheads or ICBMs.
One of the most terrifying of these is an EMP attack. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is generated when a conventional nuclear weapon is detonated high in the earth’s atmosphere over a desired target; the pusle radiates a powerful current that disables and ‘fries’ all electrical equipment for thousands of miles. This kind of assault would, in effect, reduce our technology-based society to pre-industrial modes of communication and subsistence—and leave hundreds of millions without food, money, or transportation.
In his book, War Footing, Frank Gaffney outlined the threat of an EMP attack—and what the United States needs to do to protect itself.
Jim Woolsey: Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) is existential threat to America
President Bill Clinton’s former Director of Central Intelligence, R. James Woolsey, led a panel discussion on the growing – and perhaps imminent – threat of a natural or nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) to the U.S. electric grid and other critical infrastructures that sustain modern civilization and the lives of millions of Americans
Gingrich endorses SHIELD Act, praises Maine EMP legislation
According to a blue-ribbon commission empaneled by Congress in the last decade to evaluate this EMP threat, the effect of such an attack – perhaps delivered by a relatively short-range ballistic missile launched from a ship off a U.S. coast – would be “catastrophic.” That is because, at present, our grid has not been “hardened” to withstand such electromagnetic pulses.
Missiles intercepted on North Korean freighter prompt fresh warnings from EMP experts
In response to a New York Times article titled "Among Gingrich's Passions, a Doomsday Vision," the Center for Security Policy offered the following fact check outlining the true threat an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack would pose.