Session B5: Electromagnetic Pulse Phenomena

10:45 AM–12:33 PM, Saturday, April 30, 2011
Room: Royal AB

Sponsoring Unit: FPS
Chair: Benn Tannenbaum, Sandia National Laboratories

Abstract ID: BAPS.2011.APR.B5.1

Abstract: B5.00001 : EMP Threats to US National Security: Congressional Responses

10:45 AM–11:21 AM

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  Peter Huessy
    (National Defense University Foundation)

The US Congress is considering how best to respond to concerns that EMP is a real and present danger to US security. The threats come from a variety of areas: solar storms, non-nuclear EMP from man-made machines and devices; and nuclear EMP from a nuclear device exploded above CONUS or other critical areas important to the United States and its allies. Responses have to date included passage in the House of legislation to protect the electrical grid in the United States from such threats and hearings before the Homeland Security Committee. Additional efforts include examining missile defense responses, protection of the maritime domain, and hardening of US military and related civilian infrastructure. The House of Representatives has also examined what Europe, the European Union and NATO, both government and private industry, have done in these areas. Complicating matters are related issues of cyber-security and overall homeland security priorities.

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