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Aug 15

National EMP Recognition Day: The Threat That Can't Be Ignored

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An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack has been called one of the gravest threats imaginable. With the capability to destroy America's electrical and technological infrastructure, an EMP strike would effectively send the U.S. back to the 19th Century, to a world without cars, cell phones, computers, or any other electronics. In fact, the congressionally mandated Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack found that several potential adversaries have or can acquire the capability to conduct an EMP attack on the United States. Because of this, The Heritage Foundation has been working to raise awareness on the electromagnetic pulse threat by calling for a national EMP recognition day for the past several years. This year’s event will coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 east coast blackout, the results of which were just as small example of the devastation that could occur from an EMP attack on the United States. Join us as our panelists discuss current and future efforts to prevent and prepare for an EMP attack.

More About the Speakers

Keynote Remarks by
The Honorable Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)
Member, United States House of Representatives

Followed by a Discussion with
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry
President, EMPact America, Inc., and former Member, Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack

Frank Gaffney
Founder and President, Center for Security Policy

Dr. Drew Miller
Author, Rohan Nation: Reinventing America After the 2020 Collapse

Hosted By

James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.

Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow Read More