Report: United States Increasingly Vulnerable to Potentially Catastrophic EMP Attack

From:,  by Daniel Wiser,  on Nov 6, 2015,  see the article HERE.

Lights over the US

The threat of a devastating electromagnetic pulse attack on the United States is increasing just as American infrastructure has become more vulnerable, according to a new report.

“Our nation has further increased its reliance on technologies that depend upon the availability of electricity and digital electronics to manage and monitor the network of systems that deliver our basic goods and services,” said the report from the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA).

As a result, an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack “could severely disrupt everything we take for granted, from food and water distribution to functioning sewer, medical, healthcare and banking systems.”

EMP events can be generated by natural causes, such as a solar storm, or an intentional attack through a cyber assault or the detonation of a nuclear weapon above earth’s atmosphere. Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea are all said to be developing EMP weapon technology.

Some experts have suggested that an EMP assault “could kill 9 of 10 Americans through starvation, disease, and societal collapse.”

The JINSA task force, which includes former senior government and military officials, issued several recommendations to improve the nation’s defenses against an EMP attack, such as building EMP protection into new smart grids, declaring unequivocally how the United States would respond to an attack, and forming more public-private partnerships to tackle the problem.

“Despite this growing danger, mitigating the likelihood and consequences of such an attack could be accomplished with relatively modest investments in infrastructure over the near to medium term, especially when compared to the scale of losses should we continue to do nothing,” the report said.


I want you to absorb the most serious part of that last sentence, “mitigating the likelihood and consequences of such an attack could be accomplished with relatively modest investments” the report said.

I wrote an essay on this subject titled, “Forecast: Millions Dead within a Year” two years ago. The “millions dead” in the title is not an exaggeration.  The casualty count is an accurate estimate of the loss of life that could result from being without power for several months. The really disturbing thing is that, as the article states, mitigating the damage done by such an attack could be accomplished with relatively modest expenditures. A congressional commission estimated that critical U.S. infrastructures could be hardened against the worst effects of an EMP for 100-200 million dollars – that was in 2013. That’s a pittance compared to the collapse of our entire economy and the possible (probable) loss of life for millions of citizens.

Yet our government does nothing.  


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6 Responses to Report: United States Increasingly Vulnerable to Potentially Catastrophic EMP Attack

  1. Kathy says:

    Even if the figure has doubled since 2013, that’s still less money than the State Dept. ‘misplaced’ or the DoD lost in mid-flight. That’s a pittance for most departments, yet they can’t secure the one thing that keeps us all ticking.

    Which department would be responsible for this? Would it fall to the Interior Dept or the Energy Dept maybe?

  2. Garnet92 says:

    I Googled “legislation relating to EMP” and found several mentions during 2015 of legislation. The problem is that we’ve had bills pass the House before and die in the Senate and others that have been shot down by the energy companies. It looks like no one is going to do anything until it’s too late.

    I lifted the following statement from my piece on “Millions dead within a year.”

    The following agencies of the federal government agreed with the Commission’s findings: the National Academy of Sciences, the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, the Department of Energy, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the National Intelligence Council. Pretty much unanimous, right?

    • Kathy says:

      So like a lot of other legislation, it died in a pile on someone’s desk, despite the importance of it and the support from other agencies, probably because of lobbyists’ demands. Thanks for adding that, Garnet.

  3. tannngl says:

    This sounds like a slam dunk issue.

    Do you know why they won’t do it?