The threat from the monstrous madman Kim Jong Un ruling North Korea is very real, and new congressional testimony claims it may be even bigger than you’ve heard: there is a serious threat from an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) strike to the American populace.
The Washington Examiner reports that experts briefed members of the House of Representatives of a “doomsday scenario” in which an EMP strike from North Korea could, by taking out the United States’ power grid, set in motion a chain reaction that could conceivably result in the deaths of an astonishing 90% of Americans within a single year.
In this scenario, the EMP would take the form of a nuclear weapon detonated at high altitude above the United States, delivered via missile or satellite, with the ensuing radiation wreaking havok with all manner of electronic devices and systems.
“With the development of small nuclear arsenals and long-range missiles by new, radical U.S. adversaries, beginning with North Korea, the threat of a nuclear EMP attack against the U.S. becomes one of the few ways that such a country could inflict devastating damage to the United States. It is critical, therefore, that the U.S. national leadership address the EMP threat as a critical and existential issue, and give a high priority to assuring the leadership is engaged and the necessary steps are taken to protect the country from EMP,” the experts told a House Homeland Security subcommittee.
William R. Graham, chairman of the former EMP commission and its former chief of staff, Peter Vincent Pry, said that the U.S. has ignored the warning signs for years and that North Korea’s military moves this year must be seen as a wake-up call.
According to Popular Mechanics’ Kyle Mizokami, the original source of the 90% number came not from statistical analysis, computer modeling, etc., but from former Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), who got it from the novel One Second After. Further:
Jeffrey Lewis, an arms control scholar, wrote in Foreign Policy in 2013, “(the) EMP Commission exposed 37 cars and 18 trucks to EMP effects in a laboratory environment. While EMP advocates claim the results of an EMP attack would be “planes falling from the sky, cars stalling on the roadways, electrical networks failing, food rotting,” the actual results were much more modest. Of the 55 vehicles exposed to EMP, six at the highest levels of exposure needed to be restarted. A few more showed “nuisance” damage to electronics, such as blinking dashboard displays” […]
Nobody knows how large of a nuclear weapon it would take to destroy the U.S. electrical grid. Five megatons? Five hundred megatons? A gigaton? North Korea would only have one shot at this, because any such attack would result in a U.S. retaliatory nuclear strike that would leave everything from the DMZ to the Chinese border one smoking, radioactive crater.
Whatever the truth behind these claims may be, everyone should be able to agree that America needs to redouble her efforts in establishing a comprehensive, effective missile defense system, along with hardening the grid to withstand electromagnetic threats from the rogue regime (and even those from solar superstorms).