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    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

    Best of the Morning Bell in 2012

    Continuing our series highlighting the best of 2012, we wanted to bring you the most popular Morning Bells of the past year. The Morning Bell started five years ago and has grown to be Heritage’s signature e-newsletter. If you have not subscribed to it, you can do that today. 1. Obama … 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

    DHS Admits It Is Unprepared for EMP Threat

    In testimony delivered on September 12, Brandon Wales, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center, admitted that DHS remains unprepared for the possibility of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event or attack. Wales testified that the nation’s power grid is more vulnerable now than … 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

    After the Lights Go Out: Is Your Community Prepared?

    This week, Heritage observed National EMP Awareness Day. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the United States would have truly devastating effects. An attack would change the “very fabric of U.S. society,” and millions could potentially lose their lives in the aftermath. Yet as the name “EMP Awareness Day” suggests, … 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

    Morning Bell: This Threat Seems Fictional, but It's a Real Danger

    What happens to our society if we lose all electricity? A new TV show premiering next month, Revolution, will explore that question. It will be set in a world “where every single piece of technology—computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights—has mysteriously blacked out forever.” Eric Kripke, one of the show’s … More

    India Blackouts Are a Reminder of the EMP Threat

    The recent blackouts in India offer many lessons for the United States regarding the threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. The power failures plunged more than 600 million people into darkness, making it the world’s largest power failure event and affecting more than twice the total population of the … More