Today marks the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Chinese regime’s massacre of student-led, peaceful protesters who called for democracy and open government. In 2019, the hand of the Chinese Communist Party reaches into America, where it supports a lobbying organization that downplays threats to America’s electric grid and opposes stronger security standards.
Retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Michael Mabee, a member of the Secure the Grid Coalition, today revealed that the mammoth trade association representing nearly all investor-owned U.S. electric utilities—The Edison Electric Institute (EEI)—includes members that are Chinese state-owned companies. These EEI members have an obligation under Chinese National Intelligence Law to “support, assist and cooperate with the state intelligence work.”
One after another, the CDPC presenters exposed methods by which Communist China is executing the warfighting concept conceived in the late 1990s by two People’s Liberation Army Colonels and published in their book “Unrestricted Warfare.” China expert Roger Robinson referenced a specific passage (p. 191) of the book that postulated a number of critical questions, two of which are immediately applicable to electric grid security:
Question 1: “During a war between two countries, during the fighting and killing by two armies, is it necessary to use special means to wage psychological war aimed at soldiers’ families far back in the rear area?”
The Congressional EMP Commission has consistently reported that, indeed, China considers an attack on America’s critical infrastructure a priority. In its 2017 report titled “Foreign Views of Electromagnetic Pulse Attack,” the Commission pointed out the following writing from Shen Weiguang, a senior Chinese academic military theorist, in his book “The Third World War: Total Information War”:
“As soon as its computer networks come under attack and are destroyed, the country will slip into a state of paralysis and the lives of its people will ground to a halt. Therefore, China should focus on measures to counter computer viruses, nuclear electromagnetic pulse, laser, bunch of particles, and other photoelectric wave weapons and quickly achieve breakthroughs in those technologies in order to equip China without delay with equivalent deterrence that will enable it to stand up to the military powers in the information age and neutralize and check the deterrence of Western powers, including the United States.”
Clearly, the Chinese are interested in protecting their own critical infrastructure and networks against cyber and electromagnetic (EMP) attack so it seems fitting for the United States to seek to do the same. This leads to the second of the many troubling questions cited in Unrestricted Warfare:
Question 2: “Can special funds be set up to exert greater influence on another country’s government and legislature through lobbying?”
If China wanted to influence the United States to under-protect American critical infrastructure, gaining access to EEI would be one effective way of doing this. In 2018, EEI expended $8,109,166 on lobbying, which is supported through its membership dues and is conducted before the U.S. Congress and also the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the government agency that approves electric grid security standards.
Interestingly, EEI’s lobbying activities have included opposing stronger cybersecurity protections for grid infrastructure. In its corporate communications, EEI has downplayed the threat of electromagnetic pulse (EMP). EEI recently argued that the names of companies who violate federal Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards should be withheld from public scrutiny.
Sergeant Major Mabee rightly points out that EEI’s lobbying could benefit the Chinese Communist regime. Chinese agents have already infiltrated the U.S. electric grid, according to disclosures by senior U.S. officials.
The executives and U.S. utility members of EEI should take a close look at the book “Unrestricted Warfare” and then reexamine their membership policy for companies beholden to foreign intelligence services. EEI’s activities should fall on the side of freedom, not pave the way for Communist China to take down America’s electric grid, and with it—our nation.
Tommy Waller is vice president for special projects at the Center for Security Policy. In that capacity, he has been involved in a project called The Secure the Grid Coalition.
Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.
U.S. Air Force Brigadier General James R. McCarthy (Ret.) commanded a wing of Strategic Air Command (SAC) B-52s during the height of the Cold War that kept American nuclear weapons airborne, encircling Russia twenty-four hours per day — for decades. The B-52s comprised one leg of America’s “nuclear triad” of bombers, submarines, and missile silos that relentlessly maintained around-the-clock deterrence against a Soviet preemptive nuclear attack on the United States.
That attack could come unannounced at any moment if America should let down her guard.
General McCarthy of the Strategic Air Command recalled in a documentary: 
There was a story that used to be told. There was a general and he would go to the Russian premier and the question was “Is today the day we can take on the United States and we can come out ahead?” The general would say “not today sir.” And our job [at SAC] was to make sure that every day that was his answer.
U.S. Air Force B-52s carrying nuclear weapons patrolled at high altitude near the Soviet Union’s borders 24 hours per day for years in order to maintain deterrence against a Soviet first strike.
President Trump’s job is to make certain the latest generation of Russian generals have no choice other than to provide that very same answer to current Russian President Vladimir Putin: “Not today sir.”
That job is easier said than done.
President Trump Announced Major Defense Initiatives Designed To Help The U.S. Face Off Against Russia And China And Their Respective Proxies Such As Iran And North Korea
President Obama handed off to President Trump a national security apparatus left in tatters.
President Trump is the first president since President Ronald Reagan who not only believes in, but is acting upon, Reagan’s words:  “If we can protect America with a defensive shield from incoming missile attacks, we should by all means do so.”
To protect America from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, President Trump reversedBarack Obama’s policies that had only served, strengthened, and emboldened America’s adversaries.
Our goal is simple: to ensure that we can detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States anywhere, any time, any place . . . When it comes to defending America, we will not take any chances. We will only take action. There is no substitute for American military might.
In order to achieve that goal, President Trump has:
Spearheaded a massive rebuilding of the U.S. Navy’s fleet of destroyers, aircraft carriers, and attack submarines. 
Established a new office to oversee acquisition of the Navy’s new Columbia Class ballistic missile submarines, “the key to the nation’s nuclear triad.” 
Reactivated the U.S. Navy 2nd Fleet (deactivated by President Obama in 2011 ) to patrol the North Atlantic and to challenge Russia.
Established, with his Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley, a new Four Star Army Command called Futures Command to develop advanced weapon technologies that can challenge Russia and China in the wake of President Barack Obama’s cancellation of Future Combat Systems.
Issued an executive order preparing the U.S. to counter, react, and respond to a nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.
Announced a new “Star Wars” missile defense system even more advanced than the system envisioned by Ronald Reagan.
Established a sixth branch of the armed forces: the U.S. Space Force. 
Ordered the establishment of U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) in December 2018.
Appointed the architect of Reagan’s “Star Wars” SDI program to direct the Pentagon’s advanced technology programs and to restart “Star Wars” — a highly effective and symbolic move.
Withdrew the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty on which Russia was cheating.
Signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2019 that includes the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), expanding the definition of a Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) “covered transaction” to include “The purchase or lease by foreign persons of certain U.S. real estate near a U.S. port, military facility, or other “sensitive” government property.” This new law enhances the President’s pre-existing executive powers to block foreign adversaries from purchasing or leasing facilities at U.S. seaports near U.S. military bases.
Withdrew the United States from the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), thus preserving the Second Amendment rights of the American people. President Obama had signed away those rights in 2014, ceding American sovereignty to an unelected global bureaucracy.
Russia’s And China’s Long-Range Communist Plan
According to Soviet KGB defector Major Anatoliy Golitsyn, the Russians and the Chinese secretly cooperated as a team against the United States. The two communist powers staged a fake adversarial relationship known as the “Sino-Soviet Deception,” duping the West for decades as they secretly coordinated plans to destroy it.
According to Golitsyn’s book The Perestroika Deception, the Soviets faked the “fall of communism” in preparation for the final war against the West.
Major Golitsyn revealed to CIA Counterintelligence Chief James Angleton the KGB’s planned “special maneuver” known as “The Perestroika Deception” in pursuit of worldwide victory for communism. Under this “special maneuver,” the Soviets trick the West into believing that the Cold War is over. According to the KGB plan, the West then naively lets down its guard; this is exactly what has happened, allowing Russia to gain sufficient strategic military advantage to eventually force the West to merge into worldwide communism.
Major Golitsyn, who worked inside the KGB’s strategic planning department, opens his book The Perestroika Deceptionwith a quote by ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu:
All warfare is based on deception. Therefore, when capable, feign incapacity; when active, inactivity. When near, make it appear that you are far away; when far away, that you are near.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) recently warned that China’s military buildup suggests that the rising communist superpower is “preparing for World War III.”
The “Wall Street Journal” reported on the “Bolshevik plague,” stating that, over the last 100 years, communism has killed 100 million people. Yet, in an appalling admission, Vladimir Putin exposed his authoritarian tendencies when he declared “I was not, as you know, a party member by necessity . . . I liked Communist and socialist ideas very much and I like them still.”
President Trump’s Favorite General Mark Milley “Leads The Way”
President Trump nominated U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Mark A. Milley to become the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Russia “is the only country on Earth that has the capability to destroy us in terms of nuclear capability,” declared U. S. Army Chief of Staff Four-Star General Mark A. Milley. “It’s fundamental to maintain military strength to live in peace. If you don’t maintain that strength, you put yourself at risk.”
“Politico” calls General Milley “Trump’s new favorite general.”
President Trump nominated General Milley to become the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 
“‘The faint clouds of a coming storm are visible on the horizon,’” [Milley] said, with Russia and China bolstering their militaries and looking to expand their economic influence, the “Army Times” reported. 
According to “The Washington Post,” General Milley stated: 
As America, we have no luxury of a single opponent. We have to be able to fight guerrillas and terrorists all the way up through nation-state militaries. If we do not maintain our commitment to remain strong in the air, on the sea and yes, on the ground, then we will pay the butcher’s bill in blood, and we will forever lose the precious gift of our freedom.
The role of the U.S. military’s nuclear triad as a deterrent against a Russian preemptive nuclear attack is as critical today as it ever was during the Cold War — a knife’s edge war which never really ended, according to Golitsyn’s book New Lies For Old. 
The Winds Of War, Gulftainer, Gulftainer’s Connections to Russia, And Pacepa’s Warning
PORT CANAVERAL, FL – Launch from Kennedy Space Center, ten miles north of the Port Canaveral. Three cruise ships are docked at passenger terminals.
The winds of war were already blowing when President Obama gave the enemy a military advantage as ancient as war itself — one of America’s most strategically critical ports.
Sun Tzu’s maxim championing the application of tactical deception to get near one’s enemy evokes the joint venture between Russian Technologies (ROSTEC), the exporter of Russia’s Club-K Container Missile System, and Middle Eastern-based cargo container terminal operator Gulftainer. 
Headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, Gulftainer manages ports throughout the Middle East and beyond. Gulftainer operates in Brazil, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.
The joint venture company between Gulftainer and ROSTEC is officially known as Gulftainer Russian Technologies.
Gulftainer’s Iraqi co-owner Hamid Dhia Jafar is the brother and business partner of Saddam Hussein’s rogue nuclear physicist Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar. 
Dr. Jafar created Saddam’s “Arab Bomb,” a miniaturized nuclear warhead known as the Iraqi “Beach Ball.” The U.S. government investigated both Iraqi Jafar brothers for their connections to illicit Iraqi WMDs, yet, astoundingly, the Obama administration allowed them “inside the wire” at Port Canaveral. 
Port Canaveral, Florida is critical military infrastructure that supports key national security missions of U.S. Naval submarine warfare, Naval Sea Systems Command (submarine acoustics research), the National Reconnaissance Office and the Central Intelligence Agency (satellite launches), U.S. Air Force Space Command, U.S. Military Sealift Command, and NASA.
The U.S. military tests ballistic missiles over the Eastern Range rocket test range from launch heads adjacent to Port Canaveral at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center. U.S. Naval Facility Port Canaveral oversees Trident II D5 submarine launched ballistic missile tests over the Eastern Range.
In the tradition of Sun-Tzu, Gulftainer’s Iraqi co-owner Hamid Dhia Jafar used his Middle-Eastern ports management company Gulftainer, which had not only partnered with Russia’s state-owned military-industrial complex conglomerate ROSTEC, but also with ROSTEC’s finance subsidiary PROMINVEST, to essentially set up a foreign base “inside the wire” at Florida’s Port Canaveral.
ROSTEC, through its wholly-owned subsidiary ROSOBORONEXPORT, exports battle-ready Trojan Horse Club-K missile launching systems, disguised as standard intermodal cargo containers, to Russian proxy regimes such as Iran. ROSTEC also manufactures Club-K Container Missile System components.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
The Pentagon placed Soviet-trained Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar, who served as Saddam’s Deputy Defense Minister, on U.S. Central Command’s (CENTCOM’s) Operation Iraqi Freedom “Blacklist” as a legitimate military target wanted for capture or kill.
The Treasury Department and three congressional committees investigated Hamid Dhia Jafar for his “Oil-For-Superweapons” scheme concocted to fund Saddam’s and Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar’s biological, chemical, and nuclear WMD programs.
The Iraqi Jafar brothers enjoy a long-term and close relationship with Russia’s state-owned military-industrial complex and with many of the former KGB officials from Putin’s inner circle that oversee it, including ROSTEC CEO Sergey Chemenov and ROSNEFT CEO Igor Sechin. It is less than comforting that Sechin has been described as Russia’s ‘Darth Vader’ and “the scariest person on earth.” 
Of particular interest is that, prior to the troublesome “Project Pelican” deal, Gulftainer entered into its joint venture with Russia’s ROSTEC. The disturbing joint venture with the Russian weapons exporter was set up in advance of Port Canaveral awarding Gulftainer the 35-year cargo container terminal lease. These associations are another red flag that should have set off alarm bells within the U.S. intelligence community.
Igor Sechin with Gulftainer co-owner Hamid Dhia Jafar (image on left), Vladimir Putin with Hamid Dhia Jafar’s son Badr Jafar, Chairman of the Executive Board of Gulftainer (image on right)
Gulftainer affiliate Crescent Investments entered into another Russian alliance through a strategic cooperation agreementwith Inter RAO UES, a subsidiary of Uranium One purchaser ROSATOM.
Russia’s military industrial complex is a revolving-door industry where “retired” KGB agents are moved through the executive suites of Russia’s state-owned military, nuclear, and weapons enterprises like a game of musical chairs.
Which begs the question: Do the Iraqi Jafar brothers work for Russia?
The Obama administration’s actions benefited Gulftainer and its Russian joint-venture partner ROSTEC and allowed designated enemies inside a U.S. critical military infrastructure port.
Russia’s lethal Club-K container missile launchers deceptively maintain the appearance of standard intermodal cargo containers, indistinguishable from millions of containers transiting each year through America’s highways, ports, and railways.
These Club-K Trojan Horse dummy “cargo containers” can conceal Russian Kalibr supersonic cruise missile launchers capable of delivering biological, chemical, conventional, EMP, and nuclear payloads.
Iran has demonstrated the capability to launch a missile off a freighter. Iran has also purchased Russia’s Club-K missile system. The Club-K is a complete missile launch system, disguised to look like a shipping container, that could convert any freighter into a missile launch platform. The Club-K, if armed with a nuclear warhead, could be used to execute an EMP attack.
Russia’s Club-K Container Missile System can launch Russian Kalibr Cruise Missiles from ships, trucks, and trains to deliver biological, chemical, conventional, EMP, and nuclear payloads.
The Club-K gives “any merchant vessel the capability to wipe out an aircraft carrier” according to Reuters. “It’s a carrier-killer,” Robert Hewson of Jane‘s Defense Weekly told Reuters. “If you are hit by one or two of them, the kinetic impact is vast…it’s horrendous.”
Gulftainer’s Disturbing Affinity For U.S. Navy Ballistic Missile Submarine Bases
ATLANTIC OCEAN, KINGS BAY GA (FEBRUARY 6, 2013) Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) returns to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay (left). ATLANTIC OCEAN, CAPE CANAVERAL FL (DECEMBER 4, 1989) A Trident II D-5 intercontinental ballistic missile lifts off from the water after being test launched from the submerged USS Tennessee (SSBN-734) at Cape Canaveral, Florida (right). (U.S. Navy photos)
Gulftainer presents a critical security risk for the U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarines known as “boomers.” These submarines comprise one leg of America’s nuclear triad and its most survivable leg. Accordingly, the boomers are America’s last line of defense.
Gulftainer has an alarming affinity for U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarine bases.
In the tradition of Sun Tzu, Gulftainer twice tried to position itself “inside the wire” next to U.S. Navy submarines.
Before Gulftainer gained access to Port Canaveral through the secret “Project Pelican” deal, Gulftainer quietly attempted, but failed, to “take over” Florida’s Port of Jacksonville with a proposed $250 million payment in exchange for becoming the port’s “silent partner.” The Port of Jacksonville is located near Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay along the Georgia-Florida state line. Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is the largest U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarine base on the East Coast.
On its second attempt, Gulftainer succeeded getting close to the boomers at Port Canaveral.
The joint venture between Russia’s ROSTEC/ROSOBORONEXPORT and Iraqi and Iranian-connected Gulftainer, coupled with Gulftainer’s 35-year lease at Port Canaveral, is a Russian strategic military force multiplier. Map of Port Canaveral, Florida
Nuclear Triad At Risk
During a surprise attack against the United States, China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia could not only attempt to bring down the national power grid with Super-EMP weapons — they could also target America’s nuclear triad.
The nuclear triad serves as “the backbone of America’s national security.” 
Adversaries could attempt to destroy the triad’s nuclear missile silos, submarine bases, and strategic bomber air bases.
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry warned in an April 12, 2019 article at “The Hill” titled “Add two more legs to our nuclear triad, or we’ll lose the next war”:
Submarines are the most survivable leg of the Triad, ensuring a U.S. retaliatory capability, even if bombers and ICBMs are destroyed . . .
. . . The number of U.S. ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) has been reduced from 35-45 during the Cold War to 14 today, falling to 12 Columbia SSBNs in the future. Since only one-third of SSBNs usually are on patrol, and up to two-thirds often at port, eight of the 12 planned Columbias could be destroyed in port, leaving only four surviving at sea in a surprise attack.
Dr. Pry’s analysis of the U.S. nuclear triad suggests that Kings Bay and Port Canaveral are military targets of Russia’s Pearl Harbor 2.0 asymmetric war plans that these authors uncovered from a Russian defense journal.
Image: Club-K Container Missile System marketing material from Russian Federation state-owned weapons exporter ROSOBORONEXPORT.
Port Canaveral is also a high-value target for U.S. adversaries because of its location at the nexus of America’s space and ballistic missile testing programs.
“Politico” reported in a 2018 article titled “Space war is coming — and the U.S. is not ready”: 
A 2001 report issued by then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned that an attack on space systems during a conflict “should not be considered an improbable act.”
“If the U.S. is to avoid a ‘Space Pearl Harbor,’ it needs to take seriously the possibility of an attack on the U.S. space system,” the report said.
“Space is a domain and conflicts with Russia and China will evoke attacks in, of, and through space” Senator Inhofe, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, stated during his opening remarks at the April 11, 2019 “Proposal for a U.S. Space Force” hearing. “This will profoundly disrupt our society…”
President Obama ignored America’s strategic need for a Space Force and cancelled the 2020 manned moon mission program. Instead, President Obama directed NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to transform NASA’s civilian mission into a “Muslim outreach” undertaking.
President Trump, however, challenged Russia and China head-on by establishing the U.S. Space Force.
“On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it is important for him to give me space. This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” — President Barack Obama
Former Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service Chief General Ion Mihai Pacepa, the former Eastern Block’s highest-ranking defector and a longtime U.S. intelligence asset, recently stated that President Obama consistently capitulated to Russia and appeared to have some intelligence connections to the Kremlin.
In his February 2018 “PJ Media” essay, Pacepa noted about President Obama: 
“I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenal,” Obama told the country on February 18, 2008, when he announced his foreign policy as future U.S. president. “I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow down our development of future combat systems.”
In a private message for Vladimir Putin, picked up by an inadvertently hot microphone, Obama — now president — was more explicit. He told Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it is important for him to give me space.”
“This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility” Obama continued. “I understand” replied Medvedev. “I will transmit this information to Vladimir [Putin].” 
Pacepa forged ahead:
To a knowledgeable eye, Obama’s actions suggest he might have had some intelligence connection with the Kremlin, such as Whittaker Chambers once had. In 2010, the FBI arrested ten Russian intelligence officers documented as native-born Americans who were serving as spies in the United States. President Obama then returned them to Russia before they were interrogated by the FBI about their spying tasks.
It is stunning that a former KGB agent, defector, and longtime U.S. intelligence asset called out a former U.S. president as a spy working for Russia: yes, that Russia, “the only country on Earth that has the capability to destroy us in terms of nuclear capability” in the words of General Milley.
Barack Obama’s Legacy
President Obama’s legacy is dominated by his lengthy catalogue of reckless capitulations to America’s adversaries.
Signed the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation. During a phone call with Vladimir Putin, President Trump denounced New START as “one of several bad deals negotiated by the Obama administration.” 
Scrapped proposed missile defense shield installations in Poland and the Czech Republic designed to protect Europe from Iranian intercontinental ballistic missiles. 
Retired the U.S. Navy’s nuclear Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles. 
Quarterbacked, through his lead negotiator Wendy Sherman (a founder of the Albright Stonebridge Group), the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) “Iran nuclear deal” that furthered and funded Iran’s nuclear program.
Failed to stop the sale of Uranium One to ROSATOM, a deal that transferred control of 20 percent of a U.S. uranium reserves, a national security asset, to Russia.
Initiated the “Russian Reset” that facilitated the technology transfers that are key to U.S. military application, through “Moscow’s Silicon Valley” Skolkovo, leading to Russia’s development of hypersonic missiles.
Had federal agencies allow Port Canaveral to enter into its “Project Pelican” lease agreement with Iraqi WMD-linked Gulftainer and pave the way for Gulftainer’s second U.S. deal at Delaware’s Port of Wilmington through a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant. 
Purged senior U.S. military flag officers in staggering numbers, including the number two officer at U.S. Strategic Command and a two-star Air Force general who oversaw 450 ICBM silos, key command and control positions within America’s nuclear triad. 
Based upon former President Obama’s legacy of destruction, one could easily believe that Pacepa’s suggestion that Barack Obama “might have had some intelligence connection with the Kremlin” is true.
President Obama and Vice President Biden Paved the Way for Gulftainer to Take Over Delaware’s Port of Wilmington
(PORT OF WILMINGTON, DELAWARE — JULY 17, 2014) President Obama signs an executive memorandum creating the “Build America Investment Initiative” “to use innovative financing and partnerships with the private sector to support transportation infrastructure.” (Image: WhiteHouse.gov)
President Obama visited Delaware’s Port of Wilmington in July 2014, one month after Gulftainer and Port Canaveral unveiled their secretly-negotiated Project Pelican deal. From his podium on the Port of Wilmington wharf, President Obama remarked: 
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is here. . .
. . . And thanks to a competitive grant program called TIGER — a program, by the way, that was part of the Recovery Act that we initiated when I first came into office and Joe Biden helped to manage — this port is rebuilding a wharf that will finally let Wilmington compete with other ports for the biggest cargo ships. (Applause.) For the biggest cargo ships.
One week before Gulftainer and Port Canaveral signed the Project Pelican deal, Treasury Secretary Jacob ‘Jack’ Lew flew over to the UAE to discuss foreign investment in the United States. 
Foremost EMP Expert Dr. Peter Pry Weighs In On MAD
MAD is an acronym for the decades-old, suicidal policy known as Mutually Assured Destruction.
President John F. Kennedy’s administration introduced the American public to the MAD concept — a strategic military theory that maintains a Soviet nuclear first strike can be deterred by American capability to respond with an overwhelming counterstrike.
Nuclear strategist Albert Wohlstetter famously characterized MAD as a “delicate balance of terror.” 
Since the days of President Kennedy, nuclear proliferation has allowed rogue third-world regimes access to nuclear weapons and, more recently, to civilization-killing super-EMP weapons and the means to deliver them even at great distance.
Under MAD policy, rogue states and failing communist economies could achieve parity with the most successful nations of Western Civilization — especially the United States — by blackmailing Western nations into giving into any and all demands under the threat of the use of these weapons.
Significant movement toward parity was reached during Chinagate when, “as president, Bill Clinton essentially wiped out any strategic advantage the United States held by selling advanced U.S. missile technology to our enemy, the People’s Republic of China,” according to “FrontPage Magazine.” 
Further movement toward parity came when President Bill Clinton and Wendy Sherman, the former social worker who became the right-hand deputy to Secretary Madeleine Albright (Secretary Albright was formerly known as Marie Jana Korbelová of Czechoslovakia),gave North Korea billions of dollars to construct nuclear reactors in 1994.
Further down the path toward parity, President Barack Obama, again with Wendy Sherman, gave Iran $1.7 billion in Swiss Francs, euros, and other foreign currencies as they negotiated the Iran nuclear deal.
“Iran may have received an additional $33.6 billion in secret cash and gold payments facilitated by the Obama administration between 2014 and 2016, according to testimony provided before Congress by an expert on last summer’s nuclear agreement with Iran,” the “Washington Free Beacon” reported in 2016. 
Now these rogue states are developing Super-EMP weapons.
“One nuclear warhead detonated at high-altitude over the United States would blackout the national electric grid and other life sustaining critical infrastructures for months or years by means of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP),” Dr. Peter Pry wrote in 2015 at Israel’s “Arutz Sheva.” “A nationwide blackout lasting one year, according to the Congressional EMP Commission, could cause chaos and starvation that leaves 90 percent of Americans dead.”
“In a worst-case [EMP attack] scenario, all [nuclear power] reactors within an affected region could be impacted simultaneously,” a 2018 U.S. Air Force Air University Electromagnetic Defense Task Force report warns. “In the United States, this would risk meltdowns at approximately 60 sites and 99 nuclear reactors,” exponentially exceeding the scale of the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters.
Russia, China, or rogue “Axis of Evil” proxy states such as Iran and North Korea could carry out a nuclear EMP attack against the United States by coupling these weapons to a Trojan Horse delivery vehicle that can be positioned offshore, inside the border, or in space directly above, the United States.
North Korean satellites, Russian Club-K Container Missile Systems (aboard container ships, trains, and trucks), and Iranian and North Korean ships off the U.S. coast are potential launch points for such a surprise nuclear EMP attack on the United States. 
EMP Commission Chairman Dr. William Graham warned in 2017: 
An EMP attack could be made by a North Korean satellite. The design of an EMP or even a super-EMP weapon could be relatively small and lightweight. Such a device could fit inside North Korea’s Kwangmyongsong-3 (KMS-3) and Kwangmyongsong-4 (KMS-4) satellites that presently orbit the Earth. The south polar trajectory of KMS-3 and KMS-4 evades U.S. Ballistic Missile Early Warning Radars and National Missile Defenses, resembling a Russian secret weapon developed during the Cold War, called the Fractional Orbital Bombardment System (FOBS) that would have used a nuclear-armed satellite to make a surprise EMP attack on the United States.
President Reagan, a visionary leader who believed America was capable of defending herself from communist nuclear blackmail, attempted to build the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) to free America from MAD.
The Democratic Party opposition, however, has consistently succeeded in leaving the United States unable to sufficiently detect, track, and neutralize incoming ballistic and cruise missiles.
President Clinton, Clinton’s Secretary of Defense Les Aspin, and Clinton’s Assistant Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, killed President Reagan’s “Star Wars” SDI program in 1993. 
Ash Carter publicly criticized another promising high-tech missile defense concept called “Brilliant Pebbles.” 
President Clinton’s, Les Aspin’s, and Ash Carter’s opposition to missile defense and embrace of MAD policies left America in a “suicide pact” with certifiably bloodthirsty enemies.
President Obama carried forward President Clinton’s objective to leave the United States defenseless and further advanced Russian interests by bringing back Ash Carter for that purpose, eventually appointing Carter as Secretary of Defense. 
President Trump is reversing, and blunting the impact of, the MAD policies of Clinton and Obama. President Trump is standing up to Russia’s nuclear terror of MAD and is protecting America and her people from nuclear attacks and the “civilization killer” Super-EMP.
The crumbling national security foundation that President Obama left behind was the result of Obama’s rapid acceleration of MAD policy under which both North Korea and Iran were quickly approaching having the capability to launch nuclear EMP first strikes on the United States.
Once elected, President Obama did not simply slow development of the Future Combat Systems initiative, the first modernization of U.S. Army combat systems since World War II. Instead, President Obama cancelled the Future Combat Systems program in its entirety. 
Dr. Peter Pry, in an exclusive interview with Mary Fanning in July 2018, stated:
President Clinton’s Secretary of Defense Les Aspin, when he boasted he “Took the stars out of Star Wars,” was terminating Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative that envisioned space-based missile defenses that would render nuclear missiles obsolete.
Tragically, as Ambassador Henry Cooper (former SDI Director) has written, the Clinton Administration killed the opportunity to deploy Brilliant Pebbles — space-based defenses that were then ready for deployment — leaving America naked to the nuclear missile threats we face today from Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran (this last soon, if not now).
Why did Clinton and Les Aspin and Ash Carter kill SDI and Brilliant Pebbles? Democrats and the Left long regarded the ABM Treaty [Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (1972-2002)] as the “cornerstone of strategic stability” because they believed in the policy of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD). Space-based defenses that could defend the American people from large-scale nuclear missile threats would cancel the mutual vulnerability at the basis of MAD. Deployment of space-based defenses, or of any missile defenses capable of defending America from large-scale nuclear missile attacks, would require U.S. withdrawal from the ABM Treaty limiting such defenses. In short, the Clinton Administration killed SDI and Brilliant Pebbles because they saw these as threats to the ABM Treaty and MAD, the fake “cornerstone of strategic stability.”
Peace Through Strength
President Obama’s Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter had, in 1984, written a background report that was extremely critical of President Reagan’s “Star Wars” Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Years later, Ash Carter crowed that the anti-SDI paper he had authored was “the first authoritative report to say that the emperor has no clothes.”
In 1986, two years following the publication of Ash Carter’s anti-SDI report, the Heritage Foundation, in an article titled “While Opposing Reagan’s SDI Moscow Pushes Its Own Star Wars,” reported: 
At the Iceland summit with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan chose not to trade away the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) for a reduction of nuclear arms that, while substantial, would still leave the U.S. vulnerable to nuclear attack.
A major reason for Reagan’s decision not to give up SDI is the knowledge that the Soviet Union has been working on its own strategic defense program for years. Moscow, in fact, deploys the only operational anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system in the world. Since 1970 it has spent roughly $80 billion [$184 billion in 2019 dollars] more than the U.S. on building strategic defenses against ballistic missiles, bombers, and cruise missiles, and today spends ten times more than the U.S. on strategic ground-based lasers capable of interfering with low-altitude U.S. satellites.
President Ronald Reagan said during his 1981 commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York: 
A Chinese philosopher, Sun Tzu, 2,500 years ago said winning a hundred victories in a hundred battles is not the acme of skill; to subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill. A truly successful army is one that, because of its strength and ability and dedication, will not be called upon to fight because no one will dare to provoke it.
There have been four wars in my lifetime; none of them came about because the United States was too strong. At the end of World War II, we alone were at the peak of our military strength, our great industrial capacity was untouched by war’s destruction, and it was then that – in those dark days – that Pope Pius XII said, ”America has a great genius for great and unselfish deeds. Into the hands of America God has placed an afflicted mankind.”
Not since President Reagan has a U.S. President put America’s national security and Americans first.
President Donald Trump should be lauded for taking the first step in a very long time toward securing the United States of America and working to protect every American’s life from a Western civilization-killing Super-EMP attack. 
President Trump has embraced President Reagan’s “Peace through Strength” policy.
Anyone who grew up on the playground understands that capitulation never gained them security.
As long as President Trump continues to build up U.S. strategic defenses in service to President Reagan’s “Peace Through Strength” doctrine, America’s answer to Vladimir Putin’s aggression will remain, “not today sir.”
Henry S. Rowen, “Introduction,” in Getting MAD: Nuclear Mutual Assured Destruction, Its Origins and Practice,” ed. Henry D. Sokolski (Carlisle Barracks, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center in cooperation with the Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, 2004), 2, https://ssi.armywarcollege.edu/pdffiles/PUB585.pdf
Grid Experts Decry EMP-Deniers’ Special Interest-Generated ‘Junk Science’
WASHINGTON—Today, what amounts to a lobbying arm of the utilities industry, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) released a so-called “scientific study” that misleadingly and dangerously low-balls the threat posed to the U.S. electric “grid” from enemy-induced or naturally occurring electromagnetic pulses (EMP).
Fortunately, a number of America’s actual experts on the subject—including a former Director of Central Intelligence, experienced engineers and national security practitioners—have stepped forward to debunk the EPRI report as what has been accurately described as “junk science,” reminiscent of past tobacco industry-underwritten efforts to have putatively independent “scientists” disinform the public about the actual dangers of smoking.
This message was powerfully conveyed in a press conference held yesterday on the steps of the State Capitol of Alabama in Montgomery. The event was co-sponsored by the Save the Grid Coalition and the EMP Task Force on Homeland and National Security and moderated by Frank J. Gaffney, executive chairman of the Center for Security Policy, which sponsors the Coalition.
The press conference participants were welcomed by Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, USAF, the host of a four-day meeting at Maxwell Air Force Base of the Electromagnetic Defense Task Force, which drew them and several hundred other leaders to address EMP and other electronic spectrum threats—and President Donald Trump’s executive order directing the military and relevant civilian agencies to mitigate them. The press conference speakers critiqued the EPRI study based on that organization’s previous, discrediting track-record of advocacy, rather than objective research, and on a sneak-preview of the document.
They were: former Clinton Director of Central Intelligence, R. James Woolsey; former staff director of the congressionally mandated EMP Threat Commission, Dr. Peter Vincent Pry; former Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, Amb. Henry Cooper; chairman of the Foundation for Resilient Societies, Thomas Popik; author and grid-down consultant, Jonathan Hollerman; executive director of the Alabama chapter of Eagle Forum, Becky Gerritson; and chairman of Eagle Forum’s Terrorism Committee, Commander Theresa Hubbard, USCG (Ret.).
Video of the press conference is available at www.SecuretheGrid.com, and its co-sponsors issued a statement offering several specific critiques of the defective EPRI report including, notably, its:
faulty assumptions about the amount of damage nuclear weapon-generated or severe solar storm-induced EMP would cause to transformers, SCADAS and other control systems;
reliance on computer modeling, unsupported by experimentation;
ignoring abundant data derived by the Pentagon, civilian agencies and government-sponsored studies, including much of it based on such experimentation; and
the ominous evidence that enemies of this country have doctrines and capabilitiesthat make EMP attacks anything but the “low-probability” threat that underpinned the EPRI report’s don’t-worry, be-happy effort to minimize it.
To interview a representative of the Secure the Grid Coalition, contact Deborah Hamilton, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, 610.584.1096, ext. 102, or Patrick Benner, ext. 104.
In June 2015, shortly before Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency, he learned at an event we organized in Iowa that federal bureaucrats and electric utility executives were relentlessly impeding progress on protecting the nation’s most critical of critical infrastructures: our electric “grid.” He was incredulous and expressed his determination, as president, to knock their heads together and secure the grid.
On March 26th, President Trump did just that – issuing an executive order directing action on countering specifically the threat posed to our grid and the society that utterly depends on it from enemy use of electromagnetic pulses or similar effects from intense solar storms.
Unfortunately, today electric industry obstructionists are unveiling a so-called study by their in-house think tank dismissing such threats. It will be used to defy the President. He’s right; they’re wrong. Time to really knock heads.
President Trump proves once again that he keeps his promises.
When candidate Trump began his race for president in the Iowa Republican caucuses, I briefed him that the greatest and least understood threat to our nation and global electronic civilization is electromagnetic pulse (EMP).
Candidate Trump, astonished that the U.S. government had done nothing to protect the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures, said, “Don’t worry. When I’m elected president, we’ll knock some heads together and fix this.”
Now President Donald Trump deserves the gratitude of every American for his new “Executive Order on Coordinating National Resilience to Electromagnetic Threats” signed on March 26, 2019.
It may well be the most significant executive order of any presidency.
And it does, in effect, “knock together the heads” of the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD) and all other relevant U.S. government departments and agencies in a well-crafted masterplan to achieve national EMP preparedness.
The president’s executive order recognizes manmade and natural electromagnetic pulse (EMP) (from the high-altitude detonation of a nuclear weapon or from a solar superstorm) are existential threats to America and the world:
“An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) has the potential to disrupt, degrade, and damage technology and critical infrastructure systems. Human-made or naturally occurring EMPs can affect large geographic areas, disrupting elements critical to the Nation’s security and economic prosperity, and could adversely affect global commerce and stability.”
Crucially, after a quarter-century of warnings by scientists and experts, Mr. Trump is the first president to act decisively against the EMP threat: “The federal government must foster sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective approaches to improving the nation’s resilience to the effects of EMPs.”
The Congressional EMP Commission, officially the Commission to Assess the Threat from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack, has been warning for years that manmade or natural EMP could destroy our electronic civilization — killing millions — in reports published in 2004, 2008, and 2017. And before that, beginning in 1995, Congress held the first unclassified hearings sounding the alarm about the then little-known threat from EMP.
In 2008, Dr. William R. Graham, Chairman of the Congressional EMP Commission, testified that an EMP event causing a nationwide blackout lasting one year could kill up to 90 percent of Americans through starvation and societal chaos.
According to the July 2017 “EMP Commission Chairman’s Report” (available on Amazon.com):
“While during the Cold War major efforts were undertaken by the Department of Defense (DoD) to assure that the U.S. national command authority and U.S. strategic forces could survive and operate after an EMP attack, no major efforts were then thought necessary by the national leadership to protect critical national infrastructures, provided that nuclear deterrence was successful.
“With the development of small nuclear arsenals and long-range missiles by small, hostile, potentially irrational countries, including North Korea, the threat of a nuclear EMP attack against the U.S. becomes one of the few ways that such a country could inflict devastating damage to the U.S.”
The chairman’s report concludes, “Therefore, it is critical that the U.S. national leadership address the EMP threat as an immediate, existential issue, and give a high priority to assuring the necessary leadership is engaged and the necessary steps are taken to protect the country from EMP.”
President Trump’s EMP Executive Order seeks to realize the recommendations of the Congressional EMP Commission on a fast timeline, quickly.
It’s an excellent first step toward achieving national EMP preparedness.
Wisely, President Trump’s executive order puts the White House in charge of managing national EMP preparedness, as recommended by the EMP Commission and my book “EMP Manhattan Project” (Amazon.com).
DOE and DHS have been asleep at the wheel for years, doing little or nothing to protect the nation from EMP, so White House leadership on EMP preparedness is urgently necessary.
One of the smartest features of the EMP Executive Order requires that vulnerability of critical infrastructure vital equipment be established through empirical testing in EMP simulators.
DOE, the national labs, and their partners in the electric power industry, like the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI, really an industry lobby masquerading as an objective think tank), have done great injury to national security with junk science reports.
Accounts purportedly proving the national electric grid would be little damaged and quickly recovered from natural or nuclear EMP.
These studies rely on garbage-in-garbage-out computer models grossly underestimating EMP threats.
EPRI’s junk science is knowingly dishonest, since the EMP Commission met with their two EMP non-experts to try correcting their faulty analysis — to no avail.
EPRI’s happy face EMP reports are reminiscent of the cigarette industry’s untrustworthy “independent laboratory assessments,” allegedly proving there is no causal linkage between smoking and lung cancer.
Computer models are no substitute for EMP equipment testing, as last done comprehensively by the Congressional EMP Commission.
Now the battle to make America safe from EMP really begins.
President Trump must now penetrate the obfuscations of lobbyists, the lies of do nothing bureaucrats.
That is, he must keep knocking heads together to achieve the objectives of his excellent EMP Executive Order.
This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute.
This week President Trump issued an Executive Order on Coordinating National Resilience to EMP. Until now, many in government and private industry have been rewarded for downplaying the threat from EMP and ridiculing those who warned about EMP as “unreasonable” or “apocalyptic.”
This Executive Order builds upon the research of the Free World’s most credible experts – the Congressional EMP Commission – and directs the U.S. Government to take the threat seriously.
Naysayers should be put on notice. The paradigm has shifted.
Not only does America’s survival depend on those in Government addressing EMP, but now so does their career progression. Let’s pray our civil servants will embrace this sea change and waste no time executing the orders of the Commander in Chief!
North Korea reportedly is rebuilding its Sohae satellite launch facility, widely interpreted as threatening to resume intercontinental missile development — ignoring the greater immediate threat from North Korea’s satellites and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.
Dr. William Graham, EMP Commission Chairman, in “North Korea Nuclear EMP Attack: An Existential Threat,” on Oct. 12, 2017, warned Congress:
“While most analysts are fixated on when in the future North Korea will develop highly reliable intercontinental missiles, guidance systems, and reentry vehicles capable of striking a U.S. city, the threat here and now from EMP is largely ignored. EMP attack does not require an accurate guidance system because the area of effect, having a radius of hundreds or thousands of kilometers, is so large.
“No reentry vehicle is needed because the warhead is detonated at high-altitude, above the atmosphere. Missile reliability matters little because only one missile has to work to make an EMP attack against an entire nation.”
Moreover: ” . . . an EMP attack might be made by a North Korean satellite, right now. A Super-EMP weapon could be relatively small and lightweight, and could fit inside North Korea’s Kwangmyongsong-3 (KMS-3) and Kwangmyongsong-4 (KMS-4) satellites. These two satellites presently orbit over the United States . . . The south polar trajectory of KMS-3 and KMS-4 evades U.S. Ballistic Missile Early Warning Radars and National Missile Defenses, resembling a Russian secret weapon developed during the Cold War, called the Fractional Orbital Bombardment System (FOBS) that would have used a nuclear-armed satellite to make a surprise EMP attack on the United States.”
The Congressional EMP Commission Chairman’s Report (available from Amazon.com) in “Are North Korea’s Satellites An EMP Threat?” answers affirmatively, noting technology transfer from Russia to North Korea of Super-EMP weapon technology:
“They said North Korea could test a Super-EMP weapon ‘in a few years.’ The 2006 and subsequent low-yield tests do not appear to have been failures because North Korea proceeded with weaponization.
“In 1997, Andrey Kokoshin, then Russia’s First Deputy Defense Minister, stated Russia was deploying a new generation of advanced nuclear weapons ‘that have no counterparts in the world’ including EMP weapons and ‘ultra-small warheads weighing less than 90 kilograms.’ Such weapons would be small enough for North Korea’s satellites.”
Ambassador Henry Cooper, former Director of the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative, and a preeminent expert on missile defenses and space weapons, has written numerous articles warning about the potential North Korean EMP threat from their satellites:
North Korea…could use its demonstrated satellite launcher to carry a nuclear weapon over the South Polar region and detonate it . . . over the United States to create a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) . . . The result could be to shut down the U.S. electric power grid for an indefinite period, leading to the death within a year of up to 90 percent of all Americans — as the EMP Commission testified over eight years ago. (Sept. 20, 2016)
Former NASA rocket scientist James Oberg visited North Korea’s Sohae space launch base, witnessed elaborate measures undertaken to conceal space launch payloads, and in a 2017 article warned North Korea’s satellites pose an EMP threat.
North Korea tells the world its satellites are for peaceful scientific research. But the Sohae satellite launch facility is run by North Korea’s military, subordinate to their strategic rocket forces. Sohae during the 2013 crisis over Pyongyang’s third illegal nuclear test was “mobilized” along with other strategic missile forces.
North Korea acts as if its satellites are their greatest military asset. In 2016, amidst threats to make nuclear strikes and punish the U.S. for economic sanctions, North Korea launched their KSM-4 satellite.
In 2017, Kim Jong-un threatened to reduce the United States to “ashes” with “nuclear thunderbolts” and threatened to retaliate for U.S. economic sanctions and military pressure by “ordering officials and scientists to complete preparations for a satellite launch as soon as possible.”
North Korean press asserts readiness for “any form of war” and includes their satellite with “strengthening of the nuclear deterrent and legitimate artificial satellite launch, which are our fair and square self-defensive choice.”
Moreover, “The nuclear [weapons] we possess are, precisely, the country’s sovereignty, right to live, and dignity. Our satellite that cleaves through space is the proud sign that unfolds the future of the most powerful state in the world.” North Korea makes “constant preparations so that we can fire the nuclear warheads, which have been deployed for actual warfare for the sake of national defense, at any moment!”
In September of 2017, North Korea apparently tested an H-Bomb they described as capable of “super-powerful EMP attack” and published a technical report accurately describing Super-EMP weapons.
Yet on Feb. 27, 2019, in a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Brian Harrell, Department of Homeland Security’s director for infrastructure security, asserted: “The [intelligence community] currently has no specific, credible information indicating there is an imminent threat to critical infrastructure from an EMP attack.”
Senate Homeland Security Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., to his great credit, said he’ll push for mandatory federal regulations protecting the nation’s electrical infrastructures from EMP.
Mr. President, drain the swamp in your intelligence community, help Senator Johnson, and send Kim Jong-un a message by shooting down his satellites!
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security. He served on the Congressional EMP Commission as chief of staff, the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the CIA. He is author of “Blackout Wars.” For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
President of Special Projects for the Center for Security Policy Tommy Waller joined SiriusXM host Amanda House on Breitbart News Sunday to discuss the vulnerability of America’s power grid to sabotage.
Waller described the grid as “essentially the largest, most complicated machine ever developed by humans.”
“What it consists of is all of the assets that either generate electricity, transmit that electricity across distances, and then distribute it to the users that need it,” he said.
With over 300 million users, the complex American power grid is “the foundation upon which all of our critical infrastructures function,” and Waller cautioned it has several components that are particularly vulnerable to sabotage.
“One of them are these extra-high-voltage transformers, EHV transformers,” he said. “In order for electricity to be transmitted over a long distance, they have to step the voltage up. At the end of that transfer, they have to step the voltage down.”
“Those transformers are essentially irreplaceable. It takes about 18 months to build them. They’re custom-built, almost exclusively overseas. We have roughly 2,000 of these EHV transformers around the country and most of them are completely unprotected,” he said.
Waller said another vulnerability is presented by the SCADA controls, the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition computers that allow the grid to function.
“Without the SCADAs to run the grid, you could of course have an upset. You could have some limited damage. But the transformers – without those transformers in our current grid infrastructure, if those were to go away, you would have a loss of electricity for a very, very long time,” he said.
Waller clarified that sabotage, which could involve methods as crude as physically wrecking the transformers with simple weapons or explosives, could compromise the power grid for much longer than the days or weeks of power loss associated with hurricanes and other natural events.
“A study done by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission found that just the right nine substations attacked in the United States – if someone just with rifles attacked the right nine substations – the cascading failures and power outages could put us in a blackout that could last about 18 months,” he reported.
Waller said the most catastrophic possible attack would be conducted with an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon, or possibly a natural phenomenon that duplicates the effects of one. He explained the EMP phenomenon was first discovered when the United States began conducting nuclear bomb tests outside of the Earth’s atmosphere, an altitude of about 30 kilometers or higher. The strength of the electromagnetic pulse released by a nuclear blast outside of the atmosphere stunned the researchers who discovered it.
“What happens when a nuclear weapon detonates at that altitude is, there’s three series of pulses. One, the E1 pulse, happens within a manner of nanoseconds. Every electron is stripped off of every atom and travels towards Earth in a manner of nanoseconds,” he explained.
“That E1 pulse can couple into really, really small conductors in electronics, so the computers that we operate everything in our lives with – our cell phones, if they are plugged in, chances are they will get fried. The vehicles that we drive, many of them could fail to function because of that E1 pulse,” he said.
“Within a fraction of a second, that E1 pulse is followed by E2, which is much like natural lightning – but just imagine natural lightning that takes place at one point, this would be over a widespread area,” he continued.
This would be followed by the E3 pulse, a wave of energy released as the nuclear explosion interacts with the Earth’s magnetosphere, much as the aurora borealis is created by much less violent shifts in the magnetosphere or solar storms cause relatively mild magnetic disruptions when the energy they release reaches our planet.
Waller explained the E3 pulse from a nuclear EMP strike would not inflict as much damage on electronics as the E1 pulse did, but it would have catastrophic effects on the long conductors found in our power grid and communications networks, from power transmission lines to fiber optics. The resulting power surge through the grid could destroy devices connected to it, including the computers and transformers vital to grid operation.
Waller warned that all of America’s potential adversaries understand the vulnerabilities of our power grid and view attacking it as “the best method to take us down,” in line with the advice given by ancient strategist Sun Tzu to subdue enemies without fighting them.
“This is a phenomenon that’s been studied for decades by the federal government,” he said. “There are hundreds of reports, unclassified and classified, that both say that an EMP attack on America could black out the nation for years and result in up to 90 percent of our population dying.”
Waller said electromagnetic warfare plans can be found in the cyber warfare doctrine of adversary nations like Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran.
“These are countries that practice this sort of thing. They even practice protecting their own grids. Unfortunately, we’ve done very little of that in our own nation,” he said.
Waller said the U.S. government has largely “failed” to prepare for attacks on the power grid, although he applauded movement toward identifying the scope of the problem under the Trump administration.
“It was just incredible, for years and years and years, you wouldn’t even hear government bureaucrats use those three acronyms – like they were scared to say it. We understand the president right now is working on an executive order on EMP, which could be a momentous accomplishment, if he’s able to author such an executive order and it’s able to be executed,” he said.
Waller called for an effort on the scale of the Manhattan Project to address the vulnerability of the power grid, warning that the threat is not science fiction and even the low-end estimates for fatalities from a major EMP strike on the United States assume two-thirds of the population would be killed.
“If you didn’t have electricity, what could you do?” he asked. “How would you live? How would your family live?”
Waller recommended the work of the Secure the Grid Coalition, an initiative spearheaded by the Center for Security Policy that is working to get federal, state, and local governments to address the threat.
“The Manhattan Project, they didn’t seek to create a nuclear warfighting strategy or a nuclear triad. They just wanted a bomb,” he observed. “They made two bombs and they both worked. What we need is a Manhattan Project-style effort to just get one city, one state secure, and then that will inspire the change throughout the rest of the country.”