Netanyahu’s Red Line challenge issued last September is approaching. He anticipated that, without a change, it might be reached by mid-2013—and we just passed the summer solstice. Iran’s policies are unchanged by the recent election and anticipated softer line from Iran’s new president. We should be hard-nosed diplomatically while standing with Israel (as we have promised) and building our defenses against the growing possibility of a nuclear armed Iran. But the administration’s policies do not offer much promise for a change in dangerous realities that pose a serious threat to all we hold dear. In particular, we remain defenseless against Iranian ballistic missile and related EMP attacks from our south. Help!
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Congratulations to Maine State Representative Andrea Boland (D-Sanford) and all who supported her initiative: Act LD-131, now the law in Maine. Hopefully, representatives in other states will follow with similar initiatives—and Washington’s “powers that be” will implement recommendations of the 2004 and 2008 reports from the congressionally mandated EMP Commission with initiatives to end America’s vulnerability to the existential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threat!
Congratulations to Maine State Representative Andrea Boland (D-Sanford) and all who supported her initiative—Act LD-131 became law on the 69th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy invasion that was the beginning of the end for Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime in World War II. May June 6, 2013 be remembered as the beginning of the end of America’s vulnerability to the existential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threat!
On the 24th anniversary of Tiananmen Square and the eve of President Obama’s meeting with China’s President Xi Jiaping, it is important that the “powers that be” realize that military-to-military exchanges with China are no substitute for underwriting a needed “Peace through Strength” policy in Northeast Asia with serious defense programs second to none.
The U.S. Navy’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system is getting well deserved credits for being the first line of missile defense, especially against ballistic missiles that Iran or North Korea might launch to attack the United States. The “powers that be” should make Aegis BMD all it can be as soon as possible—including to defend against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.
Supporters have urged High Frontier to publish a summary report of its important messages during the past six months. This message is, in effect, a first draft framework—a collection several previous messages on the existential threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack and what we might do to counter it. We have provided a printed version to friends for whom we have no email address—hopefully they will also join our social media family to get our more frequent emails. This version, provided to those for whom we do have email addresses is preferable to the written version because it provides links to referenced reports and papers—to support additional study. All criticisms are welcome!
This was a good week in getting out the word on the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threat—there’s a growing awareness of its seriousness, though not much agreement on how to counter it. A conference in Washington indicates this concern is growing internationally—and at least a couple of nations (not including the U.S.) are organized to deal with it seriously . . . Have a good Memorial Day weekend and thank God for our nation and those who have died to keep us free.
The U.S. should join Israel to demand that Iran not cross a critical “Red Line” in achieving nuclear weapons—especially those that can be launched on ballistic missiles to threaten America with an existential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. Both the U.S. and Iran must be prepared to back up such a declaratory policy.
The electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threat was understood during the Cold War, and the Commander of Strategic Command (STRATCOM) says it is still a matter of great concern—including to American society as a whole. But the Defense Department is not responsible for many components of our critical infrastructure—nor does any other department seem responsible for an integrated response to EMP, which poses an existential threat. Not good.
This paraphrase of quotes attributed to Samuel Johnson should capture our attention as we think about two existential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threats—one that may be avoided if we are prepared and one that definitely will happen; both of which could lead to the death of several hundred million Americans. How long will the “powers that be” think before acting?
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