In 2012, a solar super storm, the most powerful in 150 years passed within hours of Earth. According to NASA, “If it had hit, we [the U.S.] would still be picking up the pieces.” The close call underscored the very real risk EMP poses to the U.S. power grid. Had the pulse impacted North America, it is possible that the effects would have interrupted critical cooling functions at nuclear generation facilities. The risk of meltdown from EMP disruption of cooling is real and could impact multiple stations simultaneously.
Herschel Campbell is a Senior Fellow at the American Leadership & Policy Foundation, global security professional in the energy industry, and a former United States Air Force Intelligence Analyst.
Currently, Campbell performs high-level evaluations and assessments of global incidents. In this capacity, he originates threat assessments, conducts global asset monitoring, liaises with global regional security centers, briefs executive decision makers, and initiates and distributes worldwide alerts on conflict, terrorism, disease, geopolitical transitions, natural disasters, and socio-economic situations. Specific projects include papers and assessments on the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa and the development of corporate Crisis Mitigation and Action Plans.