There’s been much in the news lately about electromagnetic pulses and what kind of damage they might do to our society. And not just in the news. Books, TV shows and movies are all focusing on this subject now. Whether it’s caused by solar flares or by terrorists detonating a nuclear bomb high above the Earth, an EMP could wipe out our electrical grid and send us back to the 1800s.
This isn’t science fiction stuff, folks. It’s real, and there are a lot of people in high places who are concerned about it. All we have to do is look at what the Pentagon is doing and we’ll see how real it is. In order to protect our missile defenses from the effects of an EMP, the government is building a $44 million EMP bunker in Alaska.
Why do we need a missile defense base in the first place? Well, we have two domestic missile defense bases. The other one is in California. The idea is that if any country were to ever fire missiles at us, we would hopefully be able to shoot them out of the sky before they land here. (There’s debate about how effective our missile defenses really are, but that’s the subject for another day.)
So, if anyone could disable our missile defense bases first, then they’d be able to fire missiles at us that we couldn’t possibly stop. And the best way to take out our missile defense bases might be with an EMP, or what our military calls an HEMP (high-altitude electromagnetic pulse).
If the Pentagon is serious enough about a potential EMP threat to spend $44 million on an EMP bunker, we ought to start thinking about how we can protect our personal electronic equipment from an EMP as well.
How serious do you think an EMP threat is, either from solar flares or a terrorist attack? Is it something we should be concerned about? I’d love to hear from you about this.