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 homeland as well – electromagnetic pulse (EMP).
The American Leadership and Policy Foundation has produced objective, vetted research that exposes the vulnerabilities of the United States’ power grid and, more specifically, nuclear power stations and associated generation facilities. While the threats of EMP caused by a high-altitude nuclear detonation, or the similar force of a massive geomagnetic disturbance event, are neither novel nor probable, they represent an existential threat that could render useless all means of offensive and defensive actions in all societal and military domains.
“Of all the potential catastrophic consequences of an EMP, nuclear power reactor vulnerability is among the worst, and by itself constitutes an existential threat to society. This timely and important study on the threat posed by the vulnerability of nuclear power reactors to natural and manmade EMP is must reading for policymakers, and hopefully will move them to act to protect the electric grid now–before it is too late.”
– Dr. Peter V. Pry, Congressional Task Force on National and Homeland Security
In one of ALPF’s landmark studies, “Electromagnetic Pulse and Space Weather and the Strategic Threat to America’s Nuclear Power Stations”, a focus is placed mainly on the probable devastating effects, which include meltdown, on nuclear power facilities in the absence of off-station power in a post-EMP/GMD U.S.. The study carefully explores a national security vulnerability that has long been neglected out of either ignorance, negligence or because special interests and industry continue putting profits above the safety of citizens. ALPF calls into question a number of significant conclusions drawn from past studies related to this strategic vulnerability and challenges government officials to take necessary actions to secure our national interests.
“The paper by David Stuckenberg and Herschel Campbell is a well-researched and solid analysis of black swan events that could result in the next Fukushima disaster unless the hazards are sincerely considered and steps undertaken to responsibly manage the risks.”
– Dave Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists, Director of Nuclear Safety Project
This ALPF publication has been endorsed by experts from the DOE, NASA, Idaho National Laboratory, Union of Concerned Scientists, Siemens, and the Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security for the Congressional Caucus on EMP, Peter Pry. It has made its way into the hands of the State Department, Global Strike Command, and the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board; and now, it is the American Leadership and Policy Foundation’s privilege to publish this timely and relevant research. We hope this independent study will foster meaningful dialogue, decisive action, and ultimately, enhance the security of our nation.
Bottom line: In the wake of a severe space weather event or man mad EMP over the United States – up to 99 nuclear power stations will go critical within as little as 8 hrs. This will happen nearly simultaneously.
“I have reviewed the EMP & Space Weather & The Strategic Threat to America’s Nuclear Power Stations and found it to be an excellent presentation of what we know and what we don’t know about this very complex threat to all of our critical infrastructures, not just our nuclear stations. This report provides a solid foundation for our Nation to build upon as we move to harden and protect our critical infrastructures.”
– Scott McBride, Idaho National Laboratory, Infrastructure Security Manager