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    The EMP Threat: Just a Scare?

    A recent National Journal article discussed the likelihood of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) over the United States with skepticism, asking whether such activists and politicians are “[d]oomsday preppers or congressional visionaries” and claiming that the “the debate over the urgency remains stuck in a theoretical realm.” But the EMP threat … More

    Chaos from the Sky: Why the EMP Threat Is Real

    Two scholars from the congressionally mandated 2010 Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack make the case to protect the U.S. from a potentially catastrophic nuclear EMP attack on the U.S. by terrorists or rogue states. William Radasky and Peter Vincent Pry rebut … More

    The Future of Warfare Requires Space Capabilities

    There is strategic value in using space systems for military operations, which have changed the American way of warfare. Because of their immense value to security, they require funding for space protection and a responsive launch capability in order to make them more resilient to attack. A new Heritage Special … More

    New Targeting Missile Would Knock Out Enemy's Electronics

    On October 16, Boeing and the U.S. Air Force made history when they successfully test-launched a new missile with the capability of remotely disrupting or disabling an enemy’s electronics while inflicting little or no collateral damage. The weapon, developed under the Counter-Electronics High-Powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), never actually … More

    Congressional Hearing: Raise EMP Awareness Now

    On Wednesday, the House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies will hold a hearing on the consequences of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack. This is a good first step to raise awareness about the issue. An EMP, a high-intensity burst of electromagnetic energy caused by a rapid acceleration … More

    National EMP Awareness Day

    Ever hear of National EMP Awareness Day? Most of your leaders in Washington haven’t either, and that’s why all of us may be in grave danger. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack constitutes one of the single greatest threats to modern national security. Typically triggered by a high-altitude nuclear warhead, an … More

    July 4 Fireworks: A Forecast of Doom?

    This year, we might get a less traditional view during the Independence Day celebration: The sun recently produced solar flares that could cause a northern-lights effect visible from the earth and disrupt electronic communications. This is a reminder that severe solar activity would be devastating. While solar weather can cause … More

    NBC's "Revolution" Shows Life after An Electromagnetic Pulse Attack

    What would the life in the United States look like if the continent were hit by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP)? The new TV show Revolution from producer J.J. Abrams, launching on NBC in the fall, is seeking to answer the question. The show portrays life in the United States 15 … More

    Electromagnetic Pulse: Not If but When

    “Electromagnetic Pulse and American Security,” a recent article by Eric Hannis, executive director at Etherton and Associates, is a welcome contribution to the discussion about U.S. vulnerability to electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks. Hannis points out that, despite the severe consequences of a single attack, “few people even know that this … More

    Solar Storm Strikes: Protect the American Way of Life Now

    Today, Earth is going to feel impacts of a solar storm. Millions of charged particles are heading toward Earth from the sun. This “space weather” has been created by the largest solar storm in the past six years. Impacts could range from losing communications between satellites and ground stations to … More