AF Magazine: AF Researches Call for National EMP Preparation

From Air Force Magazine, Air Force Researchers Call for National Electromagnetic Attack Preparation.

Everyday Americans aren’t worried enough about the threat of a massive electromagnetic attack, according to a new, 130-page Air University report on electromagnetic spectrum vulnerabilities.

During the Cold War, the public was aware of the threat of nuclear attack and took it seriously, participants in the Electromagnetic Task Force’s 2019 study said. They concluded the US should mount a similar national campaign encouraging individuals, the military, and industry to adopt electromagnetic protection and resilience plans, just as citizens built bomb shelters during the Cold War.

An electromagnetic pulse attack is essentially a surge of energy, caused by a nuclear detonation or a solar storm, that could overload electronics and cause them to fail. While national leaders and industry are more aware of the potential impacts, the Air University study said, an effort akin to the “Smokey Bear” wildfire-prevention initiative could better alert the public.

The second annual study, undertaken by hundreds of scholars, industry experts, and military officers earlier this year, argued that the proliferation of “efficient but delicate” computers, networks, and other electronic infrastructure leaves the US particularly vulnerable to electromagnetic attacks on a grand scale…

Click here to read the entire article at Air Force Magazine.

EMP Reports Unclassified

The DoD unclassified the final three EMP reports from the EMP Commission at the end of January. Michael Mabee, the author of The Civil Defense Book, has copies of the new reports as well as the previously released reports on his website.

The last three unclassified EMP Commission Reports were finally approved for publication by DoD on Monday

There is a disingenuous note by the Department of Defense (DoD) that states that the reports were “cleared for open publication by the DoD Office of Prepublication and Security Review on July 16, 2018.” The truth is that the EMP Commission fought DoD since 2017 to get the unclassified EMP Commission reports published – and this finally happened on January 21, 2019.

According the EMP Commission Chief of Staff, Dr. Peter Vincent Pry:

The military doctrines of Russia, China, Iran and North Korea view nuclear EMP attack as the ultimate “cyber-weapon” that can deliver the decisive blow on the battlefield or against entire nations or alliances.  For example, a single EMP attack on European NATO could destroy electronic systems crucial to military operations and black-out electric grids and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures (communications, transportation, industry and manufacturing, business and finance, food and water) crucial to national survival.  A nuclear EMP attack would be executed, and perhaps be preceded, by such cyber operations as computer viruses and hacking, and selective sabotage, the synergistic effects of which would virtually guarantee the collapse of electric grids, critical infrastructures, and adversary military power.

Links to 10 new unclassified EMP Commission Reports

Below are links to all the unclassified EMP Commission Reports and other
EMP Commission documents.

Dana Engineering: High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) Information

This evening Dennis Walters gave a talk on the threat of High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse.  For more information, you can visit his reference site at http://danaengineering.org.

Click here to download a pdf of the slides of a similar presentation that he gave earlier this year. We hope to be able to post this evening’s slides soon.

And click here to download a pdf of the slides from our meeting.

Click here to view a video recording of that same presentation.

The threat of a rogue nation or a well-funded and supported terrorist group detonating a small nuclear weapon at a high-altitude would have devastating consequences to the United States. The consequences threaten to cause the loss of millions of civilians who rely on the infrastructure to live in urban areas. In the aftermath of an attack, electrical and electronic component failures would potentially be wide-spread and long lasting. The initial response to this type of event is time critical to maintain civil order and begin the process of recovery.

PROTECT YOUR FAMILY, BUSINESS, AND COMMUNITY

Until local emergency plans are put into place and/or our infrastructure is hardened against these threats, the public remains unprotected and unprepared to deal with an existential threat that, at this time, has an unacceptably high probability of occurrence. The existing infrastructure allows us to live in densely populated areas that will not be able to meet minimum survival needs (Food, water and septic, medical). Experts estimate that up to 90% of the population in America would die if the electrical grid was out of service for a year. With adequate preparation, you can improve the survival of your family, business, and community by reducing the risk of a breakdown of social order. The first step at home is to assess your ability to adequately provide food and water for your family if there is extended power outage. The first step in your business and community is to identify and assess mission critical equipment that are needed to assure continuity of operations after an EMP attack.

Click here for an example of an RF/EMI shielded tent.

Click here for a spec page on RF/EMI shielded pouches.

And here is a link to a blog post with instructions on how to make simple faraday cages at home from foil and metal containers. In that post it says to use heavy duty aluminum foil. Mr. Walters said that in his testing regular aluminum foil actually made a better RF seal around items, but heavy duty foil can be used if you need more abrasion resistance. The blog post also does not mention using metal foil tape to seal your seams.