Inside the Ring: Air Force Study on EMP Threat

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U.S. military facilities involved in command and control of forces face a growing risk of disruption by an electromagnetic pulse attack or solar superstorm that could knock out all electronics at the strategic bases, according to a report.

The report by the Air Force Electromagnetic Defense Task Force, made up of civilian and military experts, also warns that EMP or geomagnetic disturbances could cause catastrophic damage and the loss of life in the United States.

"Multiple adversaries are capable of executing a strategic attack that may black out major portions of a state’s grid," the report said. "An EMP attack affects all devices with solid-state electronics and could render inoperative the main grid and backup power systems, such as on-site generators."

Read the entire article at the Washington Times.

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