Congress Considering Action to Address EMP Threat to Nation’s Power Grid

The House of Representatives passed the intelligence authorization bill on May 30, 2014, which includes a provision asking for “a report on the threat posed by man-made electromagnetic pulse weapons to United States interests through 2025, including threats from foreign countries and foreign non-State actors.”

In other words, Congress is asking for more information on the threat to the nation ‘s power grid from adversaries like North Korea. The provision was introduced by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), an ardent advocate for protecting America’s power grid. Rep. Franks stated that we don’t need another study to assess the grid’s vulnerability because we have more than a dozen government reports studies that all conclude, “the U.S. electric grid is dangerously vulnerable to EMP and GMD.” Rather, he argued we need immediate action to protect our grid from a catastrophic EMP event.
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