EMP Attacks Against the US
The possibility of a disastrous attack to the United States electrical network by nuclear states like North Korea or Iran has caused the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to go back to its past location within Cheyenne Mountain near Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2 former Reagan-era federal representatives wrote in The Wall Street Journal.
“Why the return?” wrote Henry F. Cooper and Peter Vincent Pry. “Because the enormous bunker in the hollowed-out mountain, built to survive a Cold War-era nuclear conflict, can also resist an electromagnetic-pulse attack, or EMP.”
Meantime the Government is relocating to shield its worldwide air defense command from being knocked out by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, the Obama administration has failed to pursue urgent endorsements to shield the nation’s civilian electronic infrastructure from a similar disaster, they write.
“An EMP strike, most likely from the detonation of a nuclear weapon in space, would destroy unprotected military and civilian electronics nationwide, blacking out the electric grid and other critical infrastructure for months or years,” Cooper and Pry write.
“The staggering human cost of such a catastrophic attack is not difficult to imagine.”
The likeliest source of such an attack would be N. Korea or Iran, says Cooper, past leader of the Strategic Defense Initiative, introduced by the late President Ronald Reagan, and Pry, executive director of the EMP Task Force on Nationwide and Homeland Security and a veteran of the C.I.A.
Iran is nuclear ready state with ballistic missiles capable of attacking the United States of America now, Cooper, Peter Vincent Pry and two other Reagan administration leaders wrote.
In the Wall Street Journal, Cooper and Pry say again that “Iran should be considered as currently possessing nuclear missiles capable of causing an EMP attack over the United States,” noting, “Iran and N. Korea have actually skillfully orbited satellites on South-Polar trajectories that look as if to practice escaping U.S. missile self-defense, and at ideal heights to make a secret EMP attack.”
There is by no means similar initiative in progress in Washington DC to defend civilian electronic infrastructure, despite the fact that a long term nationwide collapse would create chaos and death on a massive scale, according to findings of a national EMP Commission created by Congress.
“Yet President Obama has not acted upon the EMP Commission’s draft executive order to secure national infrastructure that is necessary to provide for the common defense,” Cooper and Pry wrote. “Hardening the national electric grid would cost a few billion dollars, a trivial amount compared with the loss of electricity and lives following an EMP attack.”
The authors in addition fault Congress for falling short to follow up on the suggestions of its own commission and for slipping on numerous bills to finance electronic infrastructure security upgrades.
“In recent years, the GRID Act, the Shield Act, and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act have gained bipartisan and even unanimous support in the House, yet they did not make it past the Senate,” they write.
One final result, Cooper and Pry write, is that individual states have been entrusted to pursue answers by themselves.