“The purpose of this hearing is basically to pull our heads out of the sand. This is a threat that is real, and we need to acknowledge.”
–Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, at a July 2015 hearing on the threat that a high altitude electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack or a solar storm hitting planet Earth poses to our vulnerable U.S. civilian power grid.
“One estimate is that within a year or so, two-third of the U.S. population would die. Another estimate said within a year or so, 90 percent of the U.S. population would die.”
“We are talking about total devastation. We are not just talking about a regular catastrophe.”
–James Woolsey, former CIA director under President Clinton and Chairman of Foundation of Democracies
“When a nuclear explosion occurs at high altitude, the EMP signal it produces will cover the wide geographic area within the line of site of the detonation. This broadband, high altitude 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.”
–2008 Report of the Commission to Access the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack1 comment