It's been a long time coming, but now it's here. The President signed an executive order to help protect the country from EMP.
Congress, virtually at the last legislative minute in 2016, and unnoted by the press, finally passed the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA)—arguably the most important cyber-security legislation ever approved. The bill, long-championed by Congressman Trent Franks (AZ) and sponsored by Senator Ron Johnson (WI) in the Senate, has traveled a long road.
What you'll find here is one of the most thorough resources available (for your own use and to pass along to your family and friends) about the threat to the power grid.
Below is a rich resource for those wanting more information about EMP. You'll find the entire manuscript of Dr. Pry's testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security, including:
- Dr. Pry's advocacy for proposed legislation to harden our infrastructure
- A thorough primer on EMP
President-Elect Donald Trump pledged to make the vulnerable power grid a national security priority.
Below is an interview with the Journalist Ted Koppel, who released his book Lights Out in October, 2015. Lights Out is the non-fiction version of my novel Patriarch Run. It details why we are so vulnerable to a cyberattack on our power grid. In my novel the bad guy wants to take down the grid as a means to commit mass murder on a scale never seen before in human history.
Boeing successfully tested an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon capable of disabling electronics. The Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) was tested in Utah at a training range.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) assessed the vulnerability of the large power transformers of the U.S. power grid and identified the vulnerability of the transformers as a major national security concern.
President Obama acknowledged the existential threat our vulnerable power grid poses to our civilization on October 13, 2016, by signing an Executive Order to prepare the Nation for space weather events. This is significant to me because I finished the first draft of my thriller Patriarch Run, which highlights the vulnerability of the grid in realistic and accurate detail, in 2010. At that time, people simply weren't taking the threat to the grid seriously. They are now!