The information revealing the EMP threat to the U.S. electrical grid really first became widely available in the-public domain in 2004 when the EMP Commission authorized by Congress published and released to the general public some of its findings. The Commission had been specifically assigned the task of determining the vulnerability of the electric power infrastructure to modern nuclear weapons, as then currently developed by potential, adversarial nation states.
As the investigations conducted by Commission members ensued, at one memorable meeting, they were informed by USSR diplomats that the Soviet Union had developed “super-EMP” nuclear weapons specifically designed to generate huge bursts of electromagnetic, radio-energy, (E1) shock waves. The most disconcerting Intelligence they passed on to the U.S. investigators is that North Korea had obtained this weapons technology from Soviet nuclear scientists. (1.)
This meant that if North Korea obtained the missile technology to loft a super EMP weapon at high altitude above the continental U.S., a rogue-State-sponsored terrorist act that would achieve potentially catastrophic dimensions was now more feasible than ever.
At that time, Iran was test launching its SCUD missile systems. It was recognized by our military planners that if Iran’s missiles and North Korean EMP devises were coupled together, a lethal and devastating terrorist attack could be launched against the U.S.A. by a collaboration by these 2 terrorist-sponsoring nations.
This explains why the U.S. has pursued a zero tolerance policy of nuclear weapons proliferation among its assigned list of adversary or terrorist-sponsoring nations. Its recognized now that an EMP strike perpetrated by any ‘universal adversary’ could conceivably bring down the U.S. electric grid in a single blow—the ultimate asymmetrical, terrorist plot that has the biggest- bang-for-the-buck.
No huge, cost-prohibitive nuclear weapons arsenal by a mega-State actor would be required, as only a single or a few– relatively low-yield kiloton war-heads thrown into high altitude deployment (HEMP) would do the trick.
Homeland Security Today
So how much risk are we as a nation facing today? It’s been more than a decade since this military Intelligence became known to the American public. Any two-bit terrorist with an internet connection and translator could research and access the same information on the web.
While it is generally conceded by top-level Government security analysts that a HEMP Scenario is at low-risk of actually occurring presently, the pay-off for achieving such a move should be regarded as an almost irresistibly tempting goal by sufficiently-motivated and organized terrorist groups.
Put yourself in the sandals of a modern day Islamist extremist. (Only in your mind’s eye please). In a classic David VS. Goliath confrontation –except this modern version casts the U.S. in the role of Goliath – can you imagine how a hostile Jihadist could almost drool at the prospect of bringing down the capitalist giant with a single blow?
Now in this context, let’s investigate what our Department of Homeland Security is doing to protect this nation and the American people. What is the Dept. of Defense (DOD) doing to prevent this from happening? How are the many government agencies and departments coordinating their efforts to effectively deal with this worst-case scenario?
And just as importantly, what is the Government doing to both inform and prepare the civilian population for dealing with a potential EMP crisis?
What I have already found in my preliminary research into finding answers to these questions for myself is that there is a labyrinth of over-lapping agencies and organizations that create quite a complex and convoluted path to getting the vital information we citizens need to put together our own preparedness plans and strategies.
As preppers we can say we are in the process of establishing our “situational awareness”.
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(1.) Information provided by Peter Vincent Pry’s book Electric Armageddon ISBN: 9781482348217 Published August 24, 2014