EMP: If you’re like most people, you probably don’t know what an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) weapon is. Maybe you’ve never even heard of one. And maybe you don’t care. But, really, you should.
A number of countries that aren’t always friendly with the U.S. are actively developing EMP weapons, including Russia, Iran, North Korea and China, among them. China in particular is a concern, given its fast-rising defense spending and its clear intention of becoming the dominant superpower.
That comes from recent Defense Department intelligence assessments and, in particular, a report delivered to a special congressional committee set up to investigate the threat EMPs and cyberattacks pose.
It may sound exotic, but the threat is not make-believe or theoretical. A single EMP weapon, delivered on target, could essentially shut down America. No, that’s not an exaggeration. They explode in the air and send a powerful pulse of electro-magnetic radiation across a wide area. That pulse can take down virtually any electrical dvice we use.
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“Nuclear EMP attack is part of the military doctrines, plans, and exercises of Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran for a revolutionary new way of warfare against military forces and civilian critical infrastructures by cyber, sabotage, and EMP,” according to the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from EMP Attack.
EMP: The Threat’s Real
Such a weapon would instantly send us back to the early 19th century, a time few of us are prepared to live in. And our potential foes are working on them. Traditional nukes already can do the job. But China also has already developed special so-called “Super-EMP” warheads.
Author and blogger Daniel Ashman sums up the report’s startling conclusions: “Detonation of a single generic nuclear bomb between 30-400 kilometers above earth will create an EMP that propagates outward towards earth with a radius of between 600 and 2,200 kilometers,” he wrote.
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“The effects of an EMP would be catastrophic and could plunge a nation into indefinite darkness. There would be widespread destruction of computers, nuclear power plants, satellites, phones, refrigerators, transformers, and more.”
Worse still, as much as 90% of all Americans could be killed within a year as a result of the EMP’s impact. It wouldn’t be the explosion. Rather, hunger, disease outbreaks, a lack of medicines and care, civil violence, a shortage of potable water, and the breakdown of ordinary law and order would take their toll.
Imagine The Modern World Gone
Essentially, an EMP weapon could shut down the nation’s entire infrastructure overnight. No more electricity, no more water, no more functioning hospitals, no more businesses or farms. No more police. Want food? Go find some. Good luck.
In short, a disaster of civilizational proportions. Modern life would simply disappear.
So you can understand, perhaps, why this is now getting so much attention. While an EMP attack is not a sure thing, when potential enemies begin to prepare a way to devastate and even destroy you, it’s always wise to take heed.
Recall, if you will, that in the 1930s and 1940s, many Americans were oblivious to the fact that a new technology — splitting the atom — was on the horizon. During World War II, we raced the Nazis to the finish line for a nuclear bomb. Had they developed one first, or we had ignored the new technology, history would have had a very different outcome.
As we noted, a number of countries have nascent programs. But none is as far along or as well-funded as China’s. And let’s be clear: China’s EMP weapon really has only one potential target: The U.S.
We’re not bashing China here. But China under Xi Jinping has shifted toward a kind of techno-neo-Maoism, in which the government has absolute control over the individual, bolstered by artificial intelligence, rigid internet censorship, relentless scrutiny of public places, and other means of mass control.
Americans need to understand this is no joke, and it’s no idle threat. They should support efforts now being made to harden our grid and defend our skies from a potential EMP attack — and to be ready, no matter what its source, to answer an EMP attack with an even more devastating attack of our own.
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Source: Business Insider