WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Defense will be hard-pressed to respond in any meaningful way to a catastrophic failure of the civilian electric grid infrastructure due to an electromagnetic pulse event, whether natural or man-made, according to a little publicized study.
“Preparing for months without a commercial source of clean water (city water pressure is often dependent on electric pumping to storage towers) and stoppage of sewage treatment facilities will require net methods of survival particularly in populated areas,” according to the little known May 2011 military study put out by the U.S. Army War College.
The study, entitled “In the Dark: Military Planning for a Catastrophic Critical Infrastructure Event,” concluded that there in fact is “very little” in the way of back-up capability to the electric grid upon which the communications infrastructure is vitally dependent.
The study pointed out that likely scenarios caused by solar storms and EMP forecast a power grid in failure mode for much longer than any backup power source would last, “maybe even a year or more if a significant number of high power transformers are destroyed and would have to be remanufactured.”
“In some cases, such grid components are manufactured offshore causing even more delay,” the report said. “The net effect of the collapse of the electric grid is that communities would become localized and insular.
Thomas Pappas, director of Analysis and Production/Threat for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command G-2, said that the U.S. has an exposed technology base that potential enemies can readily adapt to, and do so cheaply.
He said that the U.S. infrastructure of 104 nuclear reactors, mines, roads, bridges and airports are exposed and there are insufficient funds to protect all of them.
Full article: DoD: U.S. War Machine Vulnerable to EMP Event (WND)