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Monday, March 14, 2005

Kyl: How We Can Lose The War On Terror

One Way We Could Lose the War on Terror

By Senator Jon Kyl

Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security, which I chair, held a hearing on a major threat to the United States, not only from terrorists but from rogue nations like North Korea.

An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack over American soil, one of the expert witnesses at the hearing said, is one of only a few ways that America could be essentially defeated by our enemies, terrorist or otherwise. A single nuclear weapon, detonated at the right altitude, would produce an electromagnetic pulse that - depending on its location and size - would knock out power grids and other electrical systems across much of the country, for months if not years.

Few if any people would die right away. But the long-term loss of electricity would essentially bring our society to a halt. Communication would be almost impossible. Powerless refrigerators would leave food rotting in warehouses, marooned by a lack of transportation as those vehicles still operable simply run out of gas (which can't be pumped without electricity). The unavailability of clean water would quickly threaten public health, not to mention leave the inevitable fires raging unchecked. As we have seen in areas of natural and other disasters, this kind of scenario often results in a fairly rapid breakdown of social order...

Full article here.


His solution to solving this potential problem is to start creating backups for equipment like transformers and prepare key infrastructure. If something were to stop our ability to get power to our country, we'd be screwed plain and simple. We need to think of innovative ways to avoid these types of threats before they happen, and I'm very happy to see Kyl suggest possible solutions. An EMP threat is real, and we need to take the damage it could cause extremely seriously. It'll be interesting to see how this is dealt with in the near future.


 
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Monday, March 14, 2005

Kyl: How We Can Lose The War On Terror

One Way We Could Lose the War on Terror

By Senator Jon Kyl

Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security, which I chair, held a hearing on a major threat to the United States, not only from terrorists but from rogue nations like North Korea.

An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack over American soil, one of the expert witnesses at the hearing said, is one of only a few ways that America could be essentially defeated by our enemies, terrorist or otherwise. A single nuclear weapon, detonated at the right altitude, would produce an electromagnetic pulse that - depending on its location and size - would knock out power grids and other electrical systems across much of the country, for months if not years.

Few if any people would die right away. But the long-term loss of electricity would essentially bring our society to a halt. Communication would be almost impossible. Powerless refrigerators would leave food rotting in warehouses, marooned by a lack of transportation as those vehicles still operable simply run out of gas (which can't be pumped without electricity). The unavailability of clean water would quickly threaten public health, not to mention leave the inevitable fires raging unchecked. As we have seen in areas of natural and other disasters, this kind of scenario often results in a fairly rapid breakdown of social order...

Full article here.


His solution to solving this potential problem is to start creating backups for equipment like transformers and prepare key infrastructure. If something were to stop our ability to get power to our country, we'd be screwed plain and simple. We need to think of innovative ways to avoid these types of threats before they happen, and I'm very happy to see Kyl suggest possible solutions. An EMP threat is real, and we need to take the damage it could cause extremely seriously. It'll be interesting to see how this is dealt with in the near future.