Experts Warn Department of Defense Systems Vulnerable to EMP Attack

Experts from the Homeland Security and Defense departments recently reported to a House Homeland Security subcommittee that defense systems that rely on the commercial electric grid are vulnerable to electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks and solar storms that could seriously damage the nation’s infrastructure. Though major military weapons systems and nuclear assets are protected against EMP-related events, the majority of the Department of Defense systems are dependent on the commercial electric grid.

Representative Trent Franks from Arizona testified at the hearing that Russia and several other countries are developing an offensive EMP capability and could easily damage major transformers and effectively put parts of the national grid out of operation for years. Franks reported that neutral phase blockers could provide cost-effective and automatic protection from surges that could cause damage, but current regulations do not require this protection and industry has been slow to adopt it.

For more information, visit Government Computer News.

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