Last month, news broke that the congressional committee studying the threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the United States was being forced to disband–at the same time North Korea specifically threatened an EMP attack as part of it’s alarming increase in nuclear tests. This is widely considered to be the complete opposite approach to protecting our nation’s national security in a mostly anarchic international environment. In fact, just six months ago, most experts thought North Korea’s nuclear arsenal was primitive, some academics claiming it had as few as 6 A-Bombs. Now, according to testimony submitted to Congress, the intelligence community believes North Korea may possess approximately 60 nuclear weapons.
The Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack shared startlingly detailed testimony to the Committee on Homeland Security describing the existential threat North Korea poses to the homeland and what can be done to better protect our country from catastrophic attacks.