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Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack: Another Tool for America's Enemies

Recorded on November 17, 2008

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is a high-intensity burst of electromagnetic energy caused by the rapid acceleration of charged particles.  EMP can be a weapon of mass disruption when these particles, either through a nuclear warhead or a bomb composed of isolated EMP, spread throughout electronic infrastructure, wreaking extensive damage on our electronic systems, vastly crippling America's recovery abilities.  For instance, airplanes could literally fall from the sky, food would rot, and our medical and emergency response capabilities would be non-existent - the lives and property lost would be immense.

Join The Heritage Foundation and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies as we explore the EMP threat and discuss steps that the next Congress and the new Administration should take to protect Americans from this preventable homeland security catastrophe.