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    New START Leaves the U.S. Vulnerable

    New START, a strategic offensive arms reductions treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation, would limit the U.S. ability to defend against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. According to experts James Carafano and Richard Weitz, “A nuclear device detonated high in the atmosphere above the American mainland can … More

    Mystery Missile Monday—One Day It Won’t Be Nothin'

    The Internet went apoplectic speculating on the “mystery missile” spotted Monday off the coast of California. The military concluded Wednesday that the long “contrail,” the wisp of white vapors in the sky taped by a CBS affiliate crew most likely came from a passing jet—not a missile firing. False alarm. … More

    The Very Real Threat of Terrorist EMP Attack

    The USA Today has a much needed article out today on the vulnerability of our nation to Electromagnetic pulses (EMP). Unfortunately the author doesn’t seem to understand the limitations of deterrence against a terrorist EMP attack. The USA Today reports: In the nuclear scenario, the detonation of an atomic bomb … More

    End of the World...for Real

    Last week we were attacked by the sun. For real. Huge solar eruptions sent a blast of radiation toward Earth. Thankfully, the planet’s natural magnetic shield warded off the worst effects. Life went on uninterrupted. That won’t always be the case. In 1859, Richard Carrington recorded what is now called … More

    Encore Performance: Electromagnetic Pulse Armageddon

    In case you missed it the first time around, EMP Armageddon, the National Geographic Channel series which examines the threat of Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP), will be back on TV two more times: Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday at 6:00 p.m (of course check your local listings for details … More

    A Weapon from "The Matrix" Isn't Just Science Fiction

    In The Matrix, EMP (electromagnetic pulse) was used to stop the Machines during the Machine War.  Even Agent Smith used EMP to take out the Hovercrafts. It all sounds like the work of science fiction and Keanu Reeves, but the real threat of electromagnetic pulse isn’t fiction at all—but a … More

    Don't Let the Lights Go Out: Defend Against EMP

    We’ve been warned. In 2004, the Commission to Assess the Threat of the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) reported that “EMP is one of a small number of threats that can hold our society at risk of catastrophic consequences.” Yet, Congress has done next to nothing to protect the … More

    Iran's 'World Without America' and the EMP Threat

    Recent reports indicate Iran could have a nuclear bomb by 2015, if not earlier. What has been largely ignored is Iran’s ability to acquire an equally destructive device, an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon. Clifford D. May, president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and I recently penned an … More