As President Joe Biden settles into the White House, experts are warning of a major new threat on the horizon from both Russia and China, as well as North Korea and Iran. These two U.S. adversaries, and to a lesser extent the smaller two foes, can now effectively destroy much of America’s electric power grid and all things electronic with “super-electromagnetic pulse [EMP]” weapons.
The Washington Examiner reports that Russia’s super EMP weapon and warhead are capable of traveling at Mach 20 – and that could put the U.S. in the dark with little notice.
Unlike regular kinetic warfare, nuclear EMP weapons are exploded high in the atmosphere to wipe out the electric grids and computers in huge sections of the target country below it with an EMP blast – without destroying infrastructure or killing people directly. Because of that distinction, potential U.S. adversaries do not appear to regard nuclear EMP attack as an act of nuclear warfare.
Power outages after such an attack could last over a year.
In his unclassified 2018 report on EMP attack scenarios, ‘Nuclear EMP Attack Scenarios and Combined Arms Cyber Warfare,’ Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security describes the Russian advancements in EMP warfare, or “cybergeddon,” as he calls it in The Examiner.
These include the new superweapon and high-speed delivery vehicle noted above.
Pry also notes that China has leapfrogged U.S. developments in EMP warfare. He recently warned that the political turmoil in Washington is a “golden opportunity” for an EMP strike.
Adding to the China threat, other experts note that “President Biden’s decision to lift former President Trump’s ban on China involvement in the U.S. grid gives the communist foe a backdoor opening to attacking America’s nation’s electric supply,” from the inside, according to The Examiner.
Pry says that he and others had success getting the Trump White House and the Pentagon to focus on the danger and begin protecting critical infrastructure. But the energy industry has been far less responsive.
The concerned EMP expert notes that since so much of the U.S. economy relies on electricity, communications, and the internet, with these new super weapons, Russia, China, North Korea, or Iran, “could black out North America and NATO Europe and win World War III at the speed of light.”
Add this powerful threat to the list of dangers and challenges facing the new Biden administration.