Military warns EMP attack could wipe out America, ‘democracy, world order’

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The report highlighted electronic systems on an Airbus A-380. (Screenshot/LeMay Center for Doctrine)

 

In an extraordinary and sobering report meant to educate the nation on a growing threat, a new military study warns that an electromagnetic pulse weapon attack such as those developed by North Korea, Russia, and Iran could essentially challenge the United States and displace millions.

“Based on the totality of available data,” said the report from the Air Force’s Air University and provided to Secrets, “an electromagnetic spectrum attack may be a threat to the United States, democracy, and the world order.”

The report, titled, “Electromagnetic Defense Task Force,” and the product of a mostly classified summit of officials from 40 agencies just outside of Washington earlier this year, is a forceful call for a new focus on preparing for either an enemy EMP attack or a natural hit such as a solar storm. Continue reading

The White House is Prepping for the Most Violent Space Weather Imaginable

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The sun emitting potentially dangerous solar flares. // NASA

 

 

In November, the White House’s National Science and Technology Council released its National Space Weather Action Plan outlining how the federal government might respond to a solar storm, the term used to describe varying bursts of energy released by the sun.

According to researchers, an extreme enough solar storm could cripple the world’s electronic and satellite systems, potentially causing financial damages tallying over $2 trillion.

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How Safe is the US Electrical Grid?

All it takes is a hit on nine substations, then it’s lights out for America and back into the 1800’s for at least a decade — on top of up to 90% of American lives being lost due to the domino effects.

 

Throughout history, inexplicable natural phenomena have tended to instill an understandable fear in people. Accounts of the solar storm of August and September 1859 stand out for their tendency toward the whimsical and delighted.

For telegraph operators in the Americas and Europe, however, the experience caused chaos. Many found that their lines were simply unusable—they could neither send nor receive messages. Others were able to operate even with their power supplies turned off, using only the current in the air from the solar storm. Continue reading

Earth gets hit by massive solar storm

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A severe solar storm has slammed Earth, increasing the chances of fluctuations in power grids and GPS.

America’s National Aeronautic and Space Administration said a potent blast of magnetic plasma shot out of the sun around 6am this morning (NZ time), travelling faster than usual, hitting Earth with the biggest solar storm since March, maybe since September 2005. Continue reading