America sleeps uneasy because of its looming debt crisis that the powers that be seem to be ignoring. Actually, there is a more important threat—literally an existential threat—that the powers that be are also ignoring, in spite of numerous signs of its clear and present danger. Unless Americans wake up and demand that their elected leaders provide for the common defense, a manmade or natural electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event could lead to the death of several hundred million American. Stay Tuned!
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Last Monday, President Bill Clinton’s Director of Central Intelligence, R. James Woolsey; Dr. Peter Pry, who leads the Task Force on National and Homeland Security; and I joined in a discussion of the existential threat of a natural or nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The event, sponsored by the newly established EMP Coalition—of which Mr. Woolsey is the Honorary Co-Chair along with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich—is summarized here, by clicking below. A YouTube video of the 2-hour conference is included.
The recently formed EMP Coalition presentations at the National Press Club provided an overview of the existential electromagnetic pulse threat posed by natural and man-made causes and what must be done to counter both threats—with an emphasis on the importance of the Shield Act now being considered in the House for the third congress. Hopefully, it will pass during this third try, as advocated by the bipartisan EMP Caucus and as supported by seven out of ten Americans, according to a recent poll.
The recent discovery of a North Korean vessel carrying military technology, including rockets and various military components, from Cuba through the Panama Canal illustrates the threats from the South. Whatever the Intelligence Community eventually concludes about the purposes of this trading between Cuba and North Korea, it illustrates the “cacophony of proliferation” that poses a serious threat to the United States from the south—a serious “southern exposure.”
Assuming that key provisions of the Senate Armed Services Committee recommended National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2014 becomes law, there will be an opportunity for a Report to Congress to address serious gaps in our defenses against nuclear armed ballistic missiles that could attack us from vessels off our coasts -especially from the Gulf of Mexico-and from nuclear armed satellites – especially those that come toward the U.S. from over the South Pole. Hopefully, a thorough examination and appropriate actions will be in time to counter a potential existential threat.
Space based interceptors are potentially the most cost-effective way to defend against ballistic missiles of all ranges more than a few hundred miles—and over twenty years ago the technology was sufficiently mature to build such a system within five years of a decision to do so. But the pathway to such cost-effective defenses is blocked by ideological concerns that masquerade behind phony arguments, such as about costs—and contrary to findings 20 years ago that have been forgotten, after the key programs were canceled in 1993. How can we go back to the future?
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!
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.
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.
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