Now Lloyd’s of London warns of EMP

Industry giant says ‘extended outage’ could be measured in years

WASHINGTON – Lloyd’s of London, the world’s specialist insurance company providing services to companies in more than 200 countries, has issued a dire warning of the potential consequences of an electromagnetic pulse event from a solar storm, according to report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

 

Lloyd’s study, titled “Solar Storm Risk to the North American Electric Grid,” centered on the highly populated region from New York City to Washington, D.C., but added that other high-risk regions are in the Midwest and in regions along the Gulf Coast.

 

The fact a major insurance company is looking at the economic consequences of an EMP from a direct solar storm suggests there is increasing concern in the insurance industry that companies may be facing the danger of severe economic losses.

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Congress wakes up to cataclysmic threat

Plan in works to counter event that could trigger mass starvation

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WASHINGTON – As the technologically sophisticated U.S. faces the increasing threat of an electromagnetic pulse attack from a man-made, high altitude nuclear explosion or an “inevitable” massive solar flare, Republicans in the U.S. House are trying to prepare a defense.

They are proposing legislation to protect the vulnerable U.S. electrical grid from an attack so cataclysmic 90 percent of Americans could be affected, including many who would face starvation.

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U.S. SHIPS THREATENED BY SECRET CHINA EMPS

New missile capable of shutting down American military might

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WASHINGTON – Just as the United States undertakes a policy “pivot” toward Asia, which will move more American ships into the East and South China seas, Beijing is letting it be known that it is fielding its new DF-21D anti-ship missile as a threat against U.S. aircraft-carrier strike groups, according to report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

The move all of a sudden casts a shadow over the platforms – the U.S. aircraft carriers and their support groups – that have allowed the U.S. to maintain military superiority in the Asia-Pacific region for generations.

Andrew S. Erickson of the Washington think-tank Jamestown Foundation said that the Chinese anti-ship missile can target what is the “last relatively uncontested U.S. airfield” in the Asia-Pacific from long-range, land-based mobile launchers.

“This airfield is a moving aircraft carrier strike group (CSG), which the Second Artillery, China’s strategic missile force, now has the capability to at least attempt to disable with the DF-21D in the event of conflict,” Erickson said.

This new anti-ship ballistic missile, or ASBM, reflects a powerful asymmetric form of deterrence which could challenge U.S. military supremacy in the region, especially given Beijing’s new military assertiveness toward neighbors over maritime rights in the East and South China seas.

At the time of its initial deployment in 2010, China announced its new DF-21D missile with what may be a non-nuclear electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, capability aimed at the sophisticated network-centric capabilities that the U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups bring to the region. Those capabilities have assured U.S. warfare superiority.

In 2011, it was first revealed that China was developing EMP weapons to be used against U.S. aircraft carriers in any future conflict, especially over Taiwan, according to a 2005 National Ground Intelligence Center study.

That center study said the Chinese were developing a family, or “assassin’s mace” of EMP and high-powered microwave, or HPM, weapons to be used by a technologically inferior force such as China’s, against U.S. military forces.

The once secret but now declassified study pointed out that the Chinese could detonate an EMP weapon some 30 to 40 kilometers over Taiwan or – by inference – a U.S. carrier strike group – and destroy the electronics capability on which U.S. network-centric strategy depends.

“The DF-21 medium-range ballistic missile has been mentioned as a platform for the EMP attack against Taiwan,” the report said.

The report was labeled as a “trump card” China’s electronic weapons. Assassin’s mace would apply if older nuclear weapons were employed.

The report said that China’s use of EMP weapons against Taiwan and “any vulnerable U.S. aircraft carrier would not push the U.S. across the nuclear-response threshold.”

“China’s (high-altitude) EMP capability could be used in two different ways – as a surprise measure after China’s initial strike against Taiwan and other U.S. (aircraft carrier strike group) assets have moved into a vulnerable position and as a bluff intended to dissuade the United States from defending Taiwan with a CVBG,” a Defense Department acronym for carrier strike groups, the report added.

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NORTH KOREAN RED DAWN CLOSER THAN EVER

EMP threat level from hermit kingdom rises with new test

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WASHINGTON – The bomb test that North Korea conducted over the weekend was a “miniaturized” nuclear device – suggesting to U.S. sources that the day of a North Korean “Red Dawn” EMP attack that could decimate the American power grid might be closer.

The latest test was described by United Nations observers as twice the size of North Korea’s 2009 nuclear test but that the device was “small and light.”

In the 1980s movie “Red Dawn,” American teens fight back against invading Soviet forces. In a recent remake, it’s North Koreans who are invading, and they launch an EMP strike to cripple the U.S. electrical grid.

North Korea news media announced that the detonation was a miniature nuclear device, which suggests that North Korean scientists are working on a bomb capable of fitting on their three-stage Taepodong-3 missile, which already is capable of reaching the U.S.

The North Koreans successfully had tested this three-stage missile within the past month.

What is of concern are a number of factors involving first the testing of the missile and now the nuclear device.

The three-stage missile is assessed by the U.S. intelligence community of being able to reach the West Coast of the U.S. During the test, the North Koreans also orbited a package which they claim was a satellite.

However, it could have been a test for an upcoming nuclear weapon that could be programmed to de-orbit and detonate at a high altitude anywhere from the West to the East coast of the U.S., potentially producing an electromagnetic pulse that could seriously damage or destroy the U.S. electric grid system.

Following its latest nuclear test, North Korea then issued a statement condemning U.S.-inspired United Nations sanctions meant to discourage North Korea’s missile and nuclear program.

With just a one megaton nuclear bomb, it could be exploded at an altitude of some 150 miles above the middle of the U.S., creating an electromagnetic pulse that could reach almost coast to coast and affect parts of Canada and possibly Mexico.

This scenario, which isn’t far-fetched given the latest technical demonstration, recently was depicted in the popular movie “Red Dawn,” in which the North Koreans use an EMP to knock out the U.S. electrical grid system in the Northwest.

In the movie, the North Koreans knock out all electricity as well as all command, control and communications and the ability to detect such a threat.

With the help of the Russians, as shown in the movie, the North Koreans are able to stage a land invasion on the U.S.

The latest nuclear test, which was conducted underground, had a low kiloton yield but sources say that scientists can scale it up potentially to achieve a megaton device.

In addition, U.S. intelligence is aware that North Korea and Iran years ago had obtained blueprints on how to miniaturize a nuclear weapon from the Pakistani A.Q. Khan, father of the Pakistani nuclear bomb.

It is possible that the nuclear test over the weekend was based on those blueprints which Khan had provided to both countries almost a decade ago.

Informed sources say that North Korea and Iran are collaborating not only on missile delivery systems but also exchanging technical data and North Korean scientists are to assist Iran with its possible development of a nuclear weapon.

Iran, which has defied U.S. and international sanctions to halt its nuclear enrichment program, denies that it is working on a nuclear weapon and further states that it has a “right” to develop nuclear energy as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog.

North Korea is neither a signatory to the NPT nor a member of the IAEA, although actions over its nuclear work to date by the U.S. have been far less robust than those against Iran, prompting members of Congress to recommend increasing international sanctions and possibly institute an economic embargo in response to the latest nuclear test.

With a high-altitude nuclear explosion that produces an electromagnetic pulse, however, it would not destroy physical structures as depicted in the video but would have a major impact on the national grid system.

For years, U.S. experts have expressed concern over the catastrophic impact of an EMP event either from a nuclear attack or a massive solar storm.

This concern was especially highlighted in the comprehensive 2008 congressional report by the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack. The EMP commission pointed out:

“The electromagnetic pulse generated by a high altitude nuclear explosion is one of a small number of threats that can hold our society at risk of catastrophic consequences.

“The increasingly pervasive use of electronics of all forms represents the greatest source of vulnerability to attack by EMP. Electronics are used to control, communicate, compute, store, manage, and implement nearly every aspect of United States (U.S.) civilian systems. When a nuclear explosion occurs at high altitude, the EMP signal it produces will cover the wide geographic region within the line of sight of the detonation.

“This broad band, high amplitude EMP, when coupled into sensitive electronics, has the capability to produce widespread and long lasting disruption and damage to the critical infrastructures that underpin the fabric of U.S. society.

“Because of the ubiquitous dependence of U.S. society on the electrical power system its vulnerability to an EMP attack, coupled with the EMP’s particular damage mechanisms, creates the possibility of long-term, catastrophic consequences.

“The implicit invitation to take advantage of this vulnerability, when coupled with increasing proliferation of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, is a serious concern.

“A single EMP attack may seriously degrade or shut down a large part of the electric power grid in the geographic area of EMP exposure effectively instantaneously. There is also a possibility of functional collapse of grids beyond the exposed area, as electrical effects propagate from one region to another.”

Another potential problem arising from North Korea’s recent missile and nuclear bomb tests is the increasing lack of influence that Russia and especially China have over the North Korean leadership, who look upon having both as a matter of prestige.

China especially complained to the North Korean leadership first about its missile test and now over its most recent nuclear test.

There are indications that the Chinese would back a United Nations Security Council condemnation of the Hermit State’s recent nuclear test, and even agree to some mild sanctions, but do not intend to intervene more forcibly with the North Koreans.

That most likely would include U.S. congressional calls for a renewed economic embargo on North Korea.

The North Koreans also may be conducting the tests despite opposition from their closest friends in an effort to leverage the West for added concessions.

At the same time, the North Koreans are gaining invaluable knowledge on producing a nuclear weapon and its delivery system. With such knowledge, there is no indication that the North Koreans would scrap its nuclear or missile programs even if they won more Western concessions to halt those programs.

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