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The House Homeland Security Committee heard expert testimony yesterday on the effects of a high altitude nuclear detonation the could knock out the US electrical grid for up to a year, resulting in the deaths of 90% of Americans.
A nuclear attack from space would generate an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, that would "inflict devastating damage" to the US.
Washington - Examiner
In calling on the Pentagon and President Trump to move quickly to protect the grid, the experts testified that an explosion of a high-altitude nuclear bomb delivered by a missile or satellite "could be to shut down the U.S. electric power grid for an indefinite period, leading to the death within a year of up to 90 percent of all Americans."
Members - EMP - Commission - Threat - US
Two members of the former congressional EMP commission said the threat to the U.S. has never been higher, in part because of the current high level of saber rattling by both sides and North Korea's surprising display over the past six months of its ability to deliver on its threats.
"With the development of small nuclear arsenals and long-range missiles by new, radical U.S. adversaries, beginning with North Korea, the threat of a nuclear EMP attack against the U.S. becomes one of the few ways that such a country could inflict devastating damage to the United States. It is critical, therefore, that the U.S. national leadership address the EMP threat as a critical and existential issue, and give a high priority to assuring the leadership is engaged and the necessary steps are taken to protect the country from EMP," the experts told a House Homeland Security subcommittee.
William - R - Graham - Chairman - EMP
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