While US military virtue signals, our adversaries are developing electromagnetic pulse (EMP) bombs

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The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

WASHINGTON, DC- A week or so back, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm acknowledged that the US electric grid was susceptible to a ransomware attack. What she didn’t mention however is the vulnerability our electric grid has to an EMP, or electromagnetic pulse bomb.

For those unaware, the thriller 24 in year four had an EMP go off, resulting in lights going out, communications going down, a helicopter crashing to the ground and computers being rendered useless. It is a nightmare scenario.

According to the 2009 EMP Commission Report, it presented a nightmare…one might say a doomsday scenario if such a weapon were used against the US electric grid. According to the report, it predicted that if such a weapon were used in the United States, 90% of the American population would perish. Meanwhile we are concerned with “climate change.”

The release of the report spurred a couple of books to be written about the subject, with all of them becoming best sellers. However according to Freedom First Network’s reprint of a blog by Jeff Thompson, he theorizes that most Americans are unaware of the threats posed by an EMP.

While our potential adversaries, namely Russia, Iran, China and North Korea recognize the dangers posed by an EMP, Thompson believes the United States is falling asleep at the switch.

For example, Russian General Vladimir Slipchenko wrote a military textbook in which he called EMP’s the “greatest revolution in military affairs in history.”

The general noted that possession of such a weapon would render an enemy’s military completely obsolete. Meanwhile, the United States military is having drag queen shows, suggesting Navy personnel read books on critical race theory, and trying to understand “white rage.”

According to Thompson:

“If you can’t get your missile defense systems online, if your tanks won’t run, if your planes have all just fallen out of the sky, you’re kind of screwed, aren’t you?”

 Furthermore, the journal of the Russian General Staff, Military Thought carries the concept further. One article within the journal entitled “Weak Points of the US Concept of Network-Centric Warfare” identifies the use of an EMP as a means of defeating the US military.

Thompson notes that Russia has in its possession a so-called “Super-EMP,” a weapon which is capable of disrupting spacecraft, radar sites, ICBMs, energy supply systems, military command systems and economies. Nothing to see here.

To make matters worse, Thompson notes this particular weapon is designed for first strike capability. He noted that as of 2017, the US has no super EMPs, at least none the public is aware of.

In China, they too are working fast and furious on EMP technology as well. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in their textbook, The Third World War—Total Information Warfare, addresses the importance of developing China’s EMP defenses to “neutralize and check” the US if necessary.

China is also aware of US vulnerability to an EMP attack, noting that the US “is more vulnerable than any other country in the world” to EMP attacks. Thompson notes the fact China singled out the US in this book is cause for grave concern.

Meanwhile in good old Iran, which Biden is prepared to lift sanctions on, they have fully endorsed the use of EMPs and are aggressively developing battle plans for their use.

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In a military textbook called Passive Defense, it reaffirms Slipchenko’s ideas on EMPs. In fact, former CIA Director James Woolsey pointed out that “Tehran’s military is planning to be able to make a nuclear EMP attack…[emphasis added].

Remember—Biden is planning on lifting sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program, which is widely believed to be developing nuclear-grade weapons.

According to Woolsey:

“Passive Defense and other Iranian military writings are well aware that nuclear EMP attack is the most efficient way of killing people, through secondary effects, over the long run. The rationale appears to be that people starve to death, not because of EMP, but because they live in materialistic societies dependent upon modern technology.”

Thompson said another Iranian military journal, within an article titled “Electronics to Determine Fate of Future Wars,” it notes that in order to defeat the United States, it is necessary to do so through an EMP attack. The article says:

“…if the world’s industrial countries fail to devise effective ways to defend themselves against dangerous electronic assaults, then they will disintegrate within a few years…American soldiers would not be able to find food to eat nor would they be able to fire a single shot.”

Thompson notes Iran is in the process of gearing up to deploy such a weapon. For example, he notes they have been attempting to purchase RF weapons from Russia, and that the Iranian news agency MEHR reported the nation is attempting to protect itself against an EMP attack.

Ambassador Henry Cooper, former director of the Strategic Defense Initiative previously warned Iran’s satellite launches are, in some cases, believe to be in preparation for such an attack against the United States.

And what of our old friend North Korea? Thompson notes that back in April 2013, North Korea was able to gain orbit of its KMS-3 satellite, deployed at the perfect trajectory to enable it to evade early warning radar and National Missile Defenses in the United States. Such a trajectory would enable that rogue nation to launch an EMP field over the continental United States.

Later on that same month, they were able to orbit a satellite over the New York-Washington, D.C. corridor. Thompson warned that if an EMP had been activated in such an orbit, the entire Eastern Grid of the United States would have been taken out, a grid that accounts for over 74% of US electricity generation.

On that same date, April 16, 2013, unknown actors used AK-47s to launch an attack on the Metcalf transformer substation which services Silicon Valley in California as well.

North Korea, which seems to be at a much more aggressive stance than the other three nations, also in July 2013 had one of their freighters found in the Panama Canal with SA-2 missiles mounted on their launchers hidden under bags of sugar.

The ship had sailed through the Gulf of Mexico with such a configuration, which, if armed would have allowed the freighter to execute an anonymous EMP attack from offshore.

A hearing in the House of Representatives on October 12, 2017 saw experts warn members of Congress that an EMP attack by North Korea would kill 90% of Americans within a year, and referred to it as an “existential threat, as reported in Newsmax.  

Ironically, electric power lobbyists in Washington, DC are actually fighting against EMP protection of the US energy grid, which clearly seems to fly in the face of common sense. That fact is probably worth examining.

Fortunately for the United States, while many of our leaders have been asleep at the switch regarding EMPs, former president Donald Trump attempted to prepare the United States against an EMP attack.

On March 26, 2019, Trump signed Executive Order 13865—Coordinating National Resilience to Electromagnetic Pulses. After this order—the first time EMP preparedness became a priority of the US government—was issued, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began to investigate techniques, backed up by research, to protect critical American infrastructure against EMP attack.

While Joe Biden overturned a boatload of Trump’s executive order during his first few weeks and months in the White House, he has left this particular one intact, indicating perhaps his administration realizes the threat EMPs pose to the homeland.

So, while Trump’s order is a step in the right direction, we are still behind the other four nations mentioned above as far as where we are at with an EMP program, and more importantly a defense against an EMP.

With all of this in mind, it’s time to lose the virtue signaling, the critical race theory, the drag queen shows, and white rage and worry about protecting and defending our country. That is the most important—no the only—mission of the United States military and security apparatus.

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