“There is now an increasing likelihood that rogue nations such as North Korea (and before long, most likely, Iran) will soon match Russia and China in that they will have the primary ingredients for an EMP attack: simple ballistic missiles such as SCUDs that could be launched from a freighter near our shores; space launch vehicles able to launch low- earth-orbit satellites; and simple low-yield nuclear weapons that can generate gamma rays and fireballs. In 2004, the Russians told us that their “brain drain” had been helping the North Koreans develop EMP weapons . . .” ~Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey
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“Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.” ~Private Citizen Hillary Clinton, The Atlantic, August 10, 2014 . . . “What difference at this point does it make?” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, January 23. 2013. Indeed???
“This is a pinprick. It’s almost worse than nothing because I fear the president is threatening and then he won’t follow through … It’s the weakest possible response and we cannot allow them [ISIS] to take Erbil. What [the administration has] done so far is almost meaningless.” ~Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” ~Winston Churchill
We remain vulnerable to the existential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threat that is posed by rogue states and jihadi terrorists. Time’s awasting, but we have relatively inexpensive ways to counter this threat beginning immediately if only the “powers that be” wake up and take the needed actions. Click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERKJKeMik0k) for Johnny Cash and June Carter and 2 minutes of “Times A Wastin.”
I recall many times my wife and the love of my life, Bobbye, telling me of her grandfather sitting on his front porch in Oklahoma, watching the storm clouds gather and eventually shepherding his family into the storm cellar before forming tornadoes arrived. This is not unlike how I feel today watching the international storm clouds gather. And it does not seem that we have anyone with a perspective analogous to Bobbye’s grandfather to guide us to safety in the current dangerous situation.
High Frontier is saddened to hear of the death of Bill Gaubatz, a tireless technical advocate, engineering innovator and team builder to advance our national space capabilities, whose expertise was most clearly demonstrated by worldwide television accounts on August 18, 1993 of the launch of the DC-X, or Clipper Graham as it was sometimes dubbed. This first rocket and its improvements subsequently landed and flew again, 12 times before failing, set the stage for a reusable launch capability still to be harnessed by the subsequent powers that be—though the current generation of space innovators—linked to that past—are nearing that day. May God give him eternal peace.
High Frontier is saddened to hear of the death of Richard Scaife on this day as we celebrate our Independence. We are especially indebted to him for his many years of support, from our earliest days when The Heritage Foundation provided a home for Retired Army Lt. General Daniel O. Graham to prepare his original High Frontier report advocating a prominent role for strategic defenses as an alternative to the Cold War’s doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction. That High Frontier effort and Gen. Graham’s grass roots advocacy led to President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) which many believe was instrumental in bringing an end to the Cold War.
As we join in the festivities of our Independence Day celebrations, we need to renew the pledges made by those who proposed the Declaration of Independence some 238 years ago today—again to “mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor” to assure the birthright given to us by the Founders is passed to future Americans. Not least is to prepare for and counter the existential EMP threat posed by the current forces of tyranny.
Howard Baker, with a lifetime of public service, accomplished many things for the American people. Among those many accomplishments, those of us missile defense advocates should be grateful for his role, as our Ambassador to Japan, in establishing the joint U.S.-Japanese Aegis ballistic missile defense program that has produced numerous BMD capable ships on patrol around the world. May he rest in peace.
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IWG Capitol Hill Conference on Aegis Sea-based Missile Defense: Present Status and Future Requirements, June 26, 2014
Amb. Cooper speaks on EMP at SC Tea Party Patriots Convention
The Day The Lights Went Out – Video Courtesy of New York Times
Expert Panel on EMP Threat: New EMP Coalition!
Gingrich endorses SHIELD Act, praises Maine EMP legislation
Jim Woolsey: Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) is existential threat to America
President Reagan announces SDI on March 23, 1983
President Reagan on 10 Year Anniversary of High Frontier
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