Of the many security threats that could potentially affect the U.S. in the near future, an electromagnetic pulse attack is one with a vocal and growing group of concerned citizens sounding the warning bell.
At least one Republican presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, has raised awareness of the technology-driven threat. Shortly after announcing his intention to seek the GOP nomination, Huckabee described an EMP attack as an event that “could fry the entire electrical grid and take this country back to the Stone Age in a matter of minutes.”
Another early contender vying for the Republican nod in 2016 subsequently addressed the issue of EMPs in a recent speech. [Scroll down for video footage from that speech.]
Explaining such strikes can occur “naturally or intentionally,” Dr. Ben Carson noted that the negative effects of an electromagnetic pulse might not come from an enemy nation but from the sun.
He cited scientific studies showing an EMP emanating from the sun occurs roughly every 150 years, with the solar system currently about five years overdue for the next one. While this is one distinct possibility, Carson also acknowledged several countries are already exploring the possibility of such an attack.
“There have been mentions from North Korea, China and Russia,” he said, “about using such techniques; so, I mean, it’s not out of the questions. And what could happen, particularly with an electric grid that is outdated, that is not protected?”
As the Washington Examiner reported earlier this year, Iran has also engaged in a plot to attack the U.S. with an electromagnetic pulse. An English translation of a clandestine Iranian military guide reportedly recommends an EMP strike, prompting other U.S. officials to recommend proactive measures to deal with such a threat.
Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney referred to the threat as “increasingly frightening” and something that must be addressed immediately.
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