EMP: Not if, but when

Non-nuclear EMP weapons, or radio frequency, weapons are a third cause for concern. “These can be built using design information available on the Internet or you can even purchase [or modify] devices that are not intended to be used as weapons but can be used as weapons.”  

(J.M. Phelps – American Thinker)  The probability of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) in our lifetime is much higher than most Americans would assume, according to Dr. Peter Pry, the Executive Director of the EMP Task Force.

Pry explains there are three sources of EMP: the sun, nuclear weapons, and non-nuclear weapons.

The natural concern, he says, is “the once-in-a-hundred-year geomagnetic superstorm like the Carrington event in 1859.” A superstorm of this magnitude “would be extremely powerful — many times more powerful than the 1989 Hydro-Québec storm.”

The entire world would be affected, putting “electric grids and critical infrastructures” as well as “billions of lives” at risk. Pry believes it is “inevitable” that we will be struck by a Carrington-class geomagnetic storms, for “it’s not a question of if, but it’s a question of when will that happen.”

According to NASA, “the likelihood of such a catastrophic occurrence is 12% per decade, which means that possibly within our lives or no later than the lives of our grandchildren, we’re going to experience one of these things — and we are unprotected.” Emphasizing the reality of the situation, he says, “our electric grid and life-sustaining critical infrastructures, right now, are completely unprotected.”  View article →