Woolsey: Threat to electric grid ‘keeps me awake at night’

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Mar. 06, 2015 Fox News – Former CIA director James Woolsey issues dire warning about the dangers a nuclear Iran poses to the U.S. electric grid – and our very survival.

Iran and North Korea are threats to the U.S. Electric Grid.

Read the Washington Times article by R. James Woolsey and Peter Vincent Pry: “When Iran goes nuclear: Failure to protect the nation would amount to dereliction of duty”. Here’s an excerpt:

James Woolsey: Threat to electric grid 'keeps me awake at night'The new factor that makes one or a few nuclear warhead-carrying missiles launched into orbit much more dangerous than during the Cold War is the possibility of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack against the critical infrastructures that are the foundation of modern societies, especially the national electric grid. Electronics are increasingly vulnerable to EMP — more than a million times more vulnerable (and, yes, also much more capable) than they were at the dawn of the age of modern electronics a half-century ago. Moore’s Law has not been kind to our electronic vulnerabilities.

Consequently, even one nuclear warhead detonated at orbital altitude over the United States would black out the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for months or years by means of the electromagnetic pulse it would create. The Congressional EMP Commission assessed that a nationwide blackout lasting one year could kill nine of 10 Americans through starvation and societal collapse. Islamic State-like gangs would rule the streets.

Just such a scenario is described in Iranian military documents.

 

James Woolsey: Threat to electric grid 'keeps me awake at night'

R. James Woolsey

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