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Would 90 Percent of Americans Really Die from an EMP Attack? Some Think So.

January 10, 2018 Topic: Security Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: EMP AttackMilitaryEMPRussiaNorth Korea

Would 90 Percent of Americans Really Die from an EMP Attack? Some Think So.

EMPS are scary, but not as scary as the nukes that precede them. 

“Historically large storms have a potential to cause power grid blackouts and transformer damage of unprecedented proportions, long-term blackouts, and lengthy restoration times, and chronic shortages for multiple years are possible.”

But fretting about terrorists plunging America into a wasteland with a single doomsday weapon is best left to video games and potboiler novels. Here it’s most appealing as a fantasy. An EMP blast knocks out the electronic infrastructure that makes the modern world modern. Survivors fend for themselves, work the land and rebuild their communities as they see fit.

It’s all the supposed fun parts of all-out nuclear war without the flesh melting, radioactive consequences. It’s like sitting in a bar — this time in Washington, D.C. — and planning out the best ways to ride out the zombie apocalypse.

“There are many serious national security threats that merit investment and deep concern,” Singer said. “I would suggest [the Republicans] invest more time in educating their candidate about the threat of Russia to NATO than the fantasy of EMP.”

This first appeared several years ago in WarIsBoring here

Image: Reuters.