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Homeland Security: What EMP action plan?
Federal agency lacks strategy for catastrophic collapse of grid, society

The Department of Homeland Security still hasn’t adopted a National Planning Scenario in the event of an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, event – even though the department is well aware of the potentially debilitating consequences of such an event on the nation’s electrical gridsystem and the critical infrastructures that depend on that grid system to function.

Brandon Wales, director of the DHS Homeland Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center, also was unable to give a cost breakdown for Congress to know how much money needs to be provided by the federal government to protect the grid in view of the tremendous costs private utilities would incur.

Wales, along with other federal agency witnesses, provided his testimony on Sept. 12 before the House Homeland Security Committee‘s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies on the consequences of either a natural or man-made EMP event on the national grid.

A natural event could be triggered by a solar flare; a man-made event by a nuclear explosion in the atmosphere.

DHS has outlined 15 such National Planning Scenarios as an element of its risk analysis mission, according to James Carafano of the Washington-based Heritage Foundation. For more:

October 10, 2012 - Posted by | Here And Now | , , , , , , ,

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