DHS Plans to Combat Potential Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack

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WASHINGTON – -(AmmoLand.com)- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to prepare against ever-evolving threats against the American homeland, most recently highlighting efforts to combat an Electromagnetic Pulse attack which could disrupt the electrical grid and potentially damage electronics.

Today, the department is releasing the Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Program Status Report as part of an update on efforts underway in support of Executive Order (E.O.) 13865 on Coordinating National Resilience to Electromagnetic Pulses. E.O. 13865 establishes resilience and security standards for U.S. critical infrastructure as a national priority.

EMP weapons have the potential to disrupt unprotected critical infrastructure within the US and could impact millions over large parts of the country. Since the President’s signing of the E.O. in March 2019, DHS, through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), in coordination with the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has taken key actions to address known EMP-related vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure.

The EMP Program Status Report highlights efforts taken across the public and private sectors to foster increased resilience to EMP events. Through data analysis, vulnerability and risk assessments, testing and pilot programs, and government and industry engagement, the department is identifying critical infrastructure and associated functions that are at greatest risk from an EMP, and developing and implementing best practices to reduce the risk.

“EMP attacks are part of the emerging threats against our nation and demand a response,” said Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli.

“That is why DHS is taking these contingencies very seriously, working diligently to mitigate our risks and equipping our state and local partners with the resources they need to do the same. We’ve made significant progress and look forward to the work ahead.”

“As the Nation’s risk advisor, one of CISA’s priorities is understanding and mitigating threats associated with EMPs,” said CISA Director Chris Krebs. “Over the past year, we have worked with interagency and industry partners to identify the footprint and effects of EMP threats across our National Critical Functions, and are developing sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective approaches to improving the Nation’s resilience to EMPs.”




In 2018, DHS released the Strategy for Protecting and Preparing the Homeland against Threats from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD), which was the Department’s first articulation of a holistic, long-term, partnership-based approach to protecting critical infrastructure and preparing to respond and recover from potentially catastrophic electromagnetic incidents.

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RoyD
RoyD (@royd)
1 year ago

Mike, have you read or studied EMP in any serious way? Your “defensive shield” is not going to be effective at the altitude at which an EMP weapon, that is a nuclear bomb, has to be set off to get the desired effect. It would be too easy to spoof or overwhelm. The thing about Faraday cages is that anything you could build a cage around is too small to be affected. You have to interrupt the lines feeding the device(s). The best deterrent from an EMP attack is the knowledge of a sure, swift, absolutely devastating response. And here… Read more »

Mike
Mike (@hdinlortongmail-com)
1 year ago
Reply to  RoyD

Spare me the lecture. I have actually worked on nuclear weapons when stationed aboard an FBM submarine. Have you? I know full well the various altitudes and Megaton capacities weapons would need to be deployed at to yield an EMP of sufficient power and coverage zone to do real damage. An actual attack would involve several weapons strategically placed over industrial areas of the country to have lasting effects. You obviously know very little about the SDI orbital platform proposals use of laser weapons as well as sabot projectiles it might employ to attack objects entering a “no-fly-zone” over the… Read more »

RoyD
RoyD (@royd)
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Well, my actual hands on experience with nuclear warheads is limited to a little over two years in Germany circa ’73-’76. I have studied the EMP situation enough that, while not a subject matter expert, I have a pretty good understanding of how it works and doesn’t work. But hey, you put your best foot forward and I’ll do the same and maybe the readers will get into it and discover for themselves because they shouldn’t just take our word for it. In the mean time I stand by what I have written.

Mike
Mike (@hdinlortongmail-com)
1 year ago
Reply to  RoyD

We’ll Roy I think you’ve illustrated why ppl who are only marginally educated on an issue and have very little actual technical expertise on the subject should hesitate before labeling the ideas from someone who actually DOES have a significant amount of hands-on experience on the subject as foolish or not well thought out. I try (sometimes unsuccessfully) to avoid doing that. One common thread we do share is that this (EMP) threat has gone unanswered for far too long and it’s past time for our Nation to mount a vigorous defense against it and against those who would even… Read more »

RoyD
RoyD (@royd)
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Well, Mike, at least with you on top of the situation I feel secure in knowing that it will be handled well and effectively. Thank you for your service.

Mike
Mike (@hdinlortongmail-com)
1 year ago

EMP is and has been a serious threat for some time now and the govt is only just now doing something about it. Not only is our critical (electrical) infrastructure at risk, literally every device you own (vehicles, appliances, communication devices, gadgets, etc.) contain some form of integrated circuit composed of semiconductors that will be burnt to a cinder by the surge of electrical energy generated by an EMP. But hardening our power grid and essential comms is a massive task and only half the battle. The actual threat will come from above. I’ve long advocated for a defensive shield… Read more »

musicman44mag
musicman44mag (@xman)
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

I always liked the thought of the star wars plan Regan had. It makes sense that if you cancel the threat with with another form of weapon and make it worthless then you have achieved your goal and maybe not hurt others in the process. More weapons of destruction will never do the trick but a weapon that cancels out other weapons makes the possibility of total annihilation not feasible but they can still try and hope something gets through. I hope if the enemy does that they start with kommiefornia. Go space force.

Vern
Vern (@vern)
1 year ago

The dimocrats have always poo, pooed the idea of an EMP attack on this country and held off the means to thwart such an attack. They seem to have no comphrehenson of how devastating such an attack would be on this or any nation, nor do they care as long as they think it won’t effect them.

Vern
Vern (@vern)
1 year ago
Reply to  Vern

EMP will effect them as well, they will have to go through people to get to their safe places. They won’t know when it will happen and thus will be just as vulnerable as everybody else. They will have absolutely no friends then.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
1 year ago

Put a Faraday shield around everything./s

BobD
BobD (@rwdillard)
1 year ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

Thanks for the idea, oh Wise One. Now, grace us with the magnificence of how you expect that to be accomplished.

Arny
Arny (@dmaxter)
1 year ago
Reply to  BobD

Put it over that giant Hepa filter we have to fight global warming. lol

Mike
Mike (@hdinlortongmail-com)
1 year ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

Sounds looney but there are practical uses for the science behind Faraday cages that the govt is using to protect critical infrastructure. Another method to protect electronic components is called “hardening”. It’s also true that individuals can set up Faraday cages in a basement, garage, shed, etc. that (when properly constructed) could shunt an EMP surge to ground & provide isolation protection to sensitive electronics but unless you make it pretty big to hold the equipment needed to generate electrical power, they are not going to be much help. No – we need to prevent the generation of an EMP… Read more »

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax (@grammar)
1 year ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

RB,
Looks like a lot of people missed the /s at the end. Maybe if we put a HUUUUUUGE umbrella over everything the bombs would bounce as well. ‘Course then we’d have to string lights underneath so we didn’t live in the dark.

RoyD
RoyD (@royd)
1 year ago

Do you know how magicians do their stuff? It’s called distraction and slight of hand. Let me show you something: “the department is identifying critical infrastructure and associated functions that are at greatest risk from an EMP, and developing and implementing best practices to reduce the risk.”

While EMPs do represent a risk, the ability to cause the same amount of damage can be done in other ways and without the potential, and notice I said potential, severe retaliation.

Alakazam.