The debate surrounding the extent to which America is vulnerable to both man-made or naturally occurring electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and natural geomagnetic disturbance (GMD) has become superheated. To some, the dangers these phenomena pose are believed to be existential, while others portray EMP defense advocates as mad and believe its dangers unfounded or debatable. However, Duke Energy Corp. recently became an advocate for EMP/GMD defense by releasing its plan to link multiple power stations in an effort to create resiliency for its operations and customers. What is the root of the debate? The answer, as with many emerging national security issues, is nuanced and complex.
There are so many important issues that can directly affect each and every one of us, but the news media, exploiting sensationalism at the expense of providing us with needed information, seems intent upon fanning the flames of discontent, division and partisanship. Which news are you watching tonight? ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC or the Fox News Channel? Too often we find ourselves watching the one we trust, which really means the one with which we most agree. Some of us, in order to provide balance, switch back and forth from one news channel to another trying to figure out some semblance of truth.
Texas lawmakers and national security experts say the state’s electric power grid — which is independent of the rest of the nation’s power grid — is vulnerable to a nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, which could have devastating effects on both the state and the nation. Six members of the Texas state Senate, including members of both parties, are co-sponsoring legislation that — if passed — would begin taking steps to secure the state’s electric power grid from an EMP attack, an event that former CIA director James Woolsey and other national security experts have said is a real and credible threat both for Texas and for the country as a whole.
At the conclusion of World War II, Gen. Henry H. “Hap” Arnold made a prediction: “We have just won a war with a lot of heroes flying around in planes. The next war may be fought by airplanes with no men in them at all. … It will be different from anything the world has ever seen.”
His timing wasn’t exact, but he was prescient. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, weren’t used in the next war, but they have been deployed extensively in the global struggle against terrorism and extremist ideologies. And now we have to be careful they’re not used against U.S. interests by terrorists who modify civilian drones.
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Chernobyl, Fukushima, Three-Mile Island, to name a few. These are a few of the locations where nuclear mishaps and utter disasters and tragedies have occurred. Now imagine these events happening more than three hundred times within eight minutes of each other close to home? According to the American Leadership and Policy Foundation (ALPF), this is an event that is not just restricted to within our imaginations. In a report outlining U.S. nuclear infrastructure vulnerabilities to various geo-magnetic disturbances, hacking, and pointed EMP attacks, the ALPF outlines the scope and cost of potential damages if measures are not taken.
Mr. Brian Sullivan, an ALPF Senior Fellow, received the medal for conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty during state service. Sullivan was recognized this week when the state unveiled a plaque naming all eight recipients of the award at National Guard headquarters at Hanscom Air Force Base.
We have a fascination with the birth, life and passing of civilizations. From archeology to anthropology, new science and methods such as radio carbon dating help mankind explore and probe the depths of our history. All ancient civilizations have one thing in common – they’ve passed away; some for reasons known, and some unknown. Thus, as the last flickers cast by a dying star, we are often left with traces and artifacts of brilliance and splendor lost. If ancients could return to speak to the modern world, would there be an admonition to those of us living atop the ruins of ages past? Homer may have answered this question best, “History is the oracle of truth.” Perhaps contemporary civilization should look to common threads woven through lost worlds and extract self-evident truths. In many instances, perhaps unwittingly or even unintentionally, those messages have already been presented.
American Leadership and Policy Foundation to co-host Texas Grid Security Summit to address emerging threat to national security. This summit will address the Texas electric grid’s vulnerability to electromagnetic pulse (EMP), geomagnetic solar storms and cyber attacks as well as discuss emergency preparedness and emerging protective technologies. It will also highlight current and future state and federal legislative EMP protection and electric grid security efforts.
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ALPF welcomes aviation and aerospace law expert and professor Sarah Nilsson as Sr. Fellow. Nilsson has both an aviation and a legal background. She began her career as a pilot in 1994 and is a Federal Aviation Administration licensed airline transport pilot in multi and single engine fixed-wing airplanes. Since 2000 she has been a gold-seal flight instructor, and has trained hundreds of pilots. She also has flown cargo and private business jets.
The American Leadership & Policy Foundation (ALPF) attended Missouri State Lincoln Days in force this weekend in St. Louis (February 26-28, 2016)! Each year, Missouri hosts a State Lincoln Days, where nearly 1,000 politically and civically engaged individuals gather to collaborate, discuss new ideas, and engage with political leaders at the local, state, and federal level. With an important presidential election impending, it is critical to get involved, engage, and debate, regardless of political affiliation. America’s future hangs in the balance!
At ALPF, some of our nation’s most talented scholars and innovators are working to find practical, commonsense solutions to our toughest challenges. To help meet these challenges, the Foundation’s newest office in Washington, D.C. will help facilitate collaboration between research fellows and the nation’s government. The new ALPF office is strategically located near the National Archives, White House, George Washington University, among other entities ALPF may interact with in its effort to provide unadulterated research for the American people.
Through global reach and global power, we have the ability to hold the interests of any adversary in the world at risk within minutes. But, there is one vulnerability that threatens to significantly degrade our ability to not only project power abroad, but protect our own homeland – electromagnetic pulse. The American Leadership and Policy Foundation has produced objective, vetted research that exposes the vulnerabilities of the United States’ power grid and, more specifically, the nuclear power grid and associated generation facilities. While the threats of EMP caused by a high-altitude nuclear detonation, or the similar force of massive geomagnetic disturbance event, are neither novel nor probable, they represent a real existential threat that could render useless all means of offensive and defensive actions in all domains of military operations.
The U.S. aviation security system is often hailed as the gold standard for the world, so if that system isn’t working properly, it certainly isn’t encouraging.
ALPF Urges Licensing, Background Checks for Drone Operators As published Nov 03, 2015, by Government Security News. For full version click By Steve Bittenbender, GSN As the Transportation Secretary waits on the findings from a task force looking at how to establish a registration system for unmanned aircraft, a public policy organization is calling on Congress to […]