The EMP Threat Is Real, but It Shouldn't Keep You up at Night
Apr 9, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
- U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order requiring the U.S. government to coordinate efforts to understand, prepare for and respond to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) incident.
- This is a prudent step given the small chance of a naturally occurring EMP incident, and the even smaller chance of an intentional EMP attack on the United States.
- It is important not to exaggerate the consequences of a naturally occurring EMP incident, or to hype the probability of an EMP attack.
- The EMP threat is real, but it must be addressed in a rational manner and in proportion to other, more likely threats to the U.S. electrical grid and other infrastructure.