Last week two important ballistic missile defense (BMD) tests demonstrated significant improvements in the Navy’s Standard Missile that either is or will be deployed at sea on our and Japan’s Aegis BMD ships — and on land as the interceptor of the Aegis Ashore sites in Romania and Poland. These same interceptors also should be charged with defending Americans at home from ballistic missiles launched from off-shore vessels, especially in the Gulf of Mexico.
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North Korea’s recent satellite launches and previous nuclear tests, coupled with its recent claims of a coming test of a “new form” nuclear weapon, give us pause in contemplating a possible North Korean EMP attack on the United States coming from over the South Polar region. The question is, will we take effective initiatives in time to counter this threat?
Next Monday at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention in Myrtle Beach, I will be discussing how the SC National Guard can help prepare citizens and local, state and federal authorities work together to counter the existential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threat. Tune in.
Resolve: We will proactively work with grass roots citizens and the local, state and federal “powers that be” to understand and respond effectively to the existential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threat, particularly as delivered by ballistic missiles launched from vessels off our coasts, especially from the Gulf of Mexico; we will focus on empowering the National Guard to lead critically important efforts to achieve integrated measures for prevention and response.
If you live near the Gulf of Mexico, you are the front line to an emerging existential threat to all Americans. The electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from a nuclear weapon exploded a hundred miles above the U.S. could kill 60-90 percent of all Americans. Though efforts in 2013 made progress in gaining awareness of this key problem, much remains to be done to get the powers that be to address this well-known threat that could be launched by Iran or Terrorists from a ship in the Gulf.
Last Monday, construction began at an Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense site in Romania—to be completed by 2015 to begin defending our NATO allies against ballistic missiles from the Middle East, particularly Iran. A second Aegis Ashore site is planned by 2018. So why no Aegis Ashore sites around the Gulf of Mexico to defend America against Iranian or terrorist ballistic missiles launched from vessels in the Gulf?
On October 22, 1962, President Kennedy announced the Soviets were deploying nuclear weapons in Cuba. In those 13 days of crisis, we were closer to the brink of nuclear holocaust than we then realized. Now we could face a new crisis from the south—from ballistic missiles launched from ships in the Gulf of Mexico or Venezuela.
If you live near the Gulf of Mexico, you are the front line to an eminent threat to all Americans. The electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from a nuclear weapon exploded a hundred miles above the U.S. could kill 60-90 percent of all Americans. The powers that be should urgently address this well known threat that could be launched by Iran or Terrorists from a ship in the Gulf. By Ambassador Cooper.
As U.S. troops withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan, Iran rapidly broadens its reach to undergird a global strategy to threaten Americans at home and abroad—and our overseas friends and allies. U.S. missile-defenses need to adapt to this increased threat and to broader Iranian influence in the Middle East. By Henry F. Cooper and Robert L. Pfaltzgraff.
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