Jamil Jaffer: China’s ‘Super EMPs’ Could Cripple U.S. Systems
JAFFER: "The electromagnetic pulses are power generated oftentimes by a nuclear explosion and other activities, which can disrupt communication systems, electric grids and alike. This has long been a concern for the United States, ever since we detonated a nuclear weapon in 1962 and identified the potential threat of an EMP. There is also another category of things that you might think about, geomagnetic insurgences, things caused by solar storms. We have seen in the past disruptions to telephone systems and alike caused by that. These are large-category things that we have been concerned about for a while. The real threat from them is hard to really estimate because we have not had a ton of experience with them. So the question becomes, what might an adversary do? What might happen as a result of the natural effects? And how can we protect against these kinds of threats?"