December 1, 2013
The InfraGard National ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP) Special Interest Group (SIG) will host the event “Mitigating High-Impact Threats to Critical Infrastructure” on December 6. The symposium will focus on EMP and other realistic physical and cyber threats to the U.S. infrastructure, as well as ways to address them.
An EMP is created when high-intensity energy is released and trapped in the earth’s atmosphere, resulting in a disruption and destruction of electronics and electrical systems. This occurrence can be created by a solar storm or nuclear detonation in the earth’s atmosphere. Although detonating a nuclear device is a difficult achievement, North Korea has had help in gaining this ability. A nuclear warhead could be delivered to the U.S. via intercontinental ballistic missile or short-range ballistic missile launched from a freighter off the U.S. coast.
In 2012, the Department of Homeland Security admitted that it is unprepared for an EMP.
Not taking the EMP threat seriously could have devastating effects. Disruption of the U.S. electrical grid could result in an “American Blackout” scenario. It wouldn’t take long after an extended blackout for electronic gizmos and smartphones to cease functioning. The Global Positioning System (GPS) would become irrelevant, and those requiring emergency medical assistance may never receive help. Public services would come to a screeching halt—police and fire departments would not be dispatched to critical localities.
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