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Electromagnetic Pulse Attack

Think Ahead: Preparing for the Threat to Our Wired World

Learn the real-world effects of EMP and what you can do to prepare in this new Heritage e-book Download it free >> Read More.

Congress Must Understand the EMP Risk

In 2004, the congressionally mandated Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from EMP Attack released an unclassified executive report on its broader study of the U.S.’s vulnerability to EMP weapons strikes. Read More.

EMP Attacks—What the U.S. Must Do Now

Most Americans—whether members of the public or politicians in Congress—ignore or are unaware of the very real threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. Read More.

An EMP is a high-intensity burst of electromagnetic energy caused by the rapid acceleration of charged particles. An EMP attack has the potential to decimate America’s electrical and technological infrastructure, effectively sending the U.S. back to the 19th CenturyAs society grows more reliant on electronic devices, so its vulnerability to an EMP attack.

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Experts on Electromagnetic Pulse Attack

  • James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. img 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