An Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) is an instantaneous burst of high-power energy caused by man-made sources such as electromagnetic weapons or a high-altitude nuclear burst and occurs as a radiated field that couples on to electrical lines, telecommunication lines, and other metallic paths into a facility. In an EMP event, every piece of unprotected equipment that relies on integrated circuits for operation could be immediately disabled or destroyed. The modern-day reliance on electronic devices in all phases of life presents an ever-increasing risk of catastrophic interruption of critical business, control and life support systems.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, critical infrastructure businesses include:
- Financial Services
- Security Services
- Electricity Generation
- Transmission and Distribution
- Public Health, Health Records
- Gas Production, Transport, and Distribution
Why should you or I be worried about such a thing?
I mean, it can’t happen to us, right? Russia, North Korea, Iran, and China have been developing weapons. According to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, China already has an exotic electromagnetic pulse weapon that can devastate electronic systems using a burst of energy like that produced by a nuclear blast. Iran and North Korea have also been conducting mid-flight missile detonations, and the main reason to test such a capability is to detonate an EMP weapon.
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