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Pentagon Finally Admits The Truth About EMPs

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America’s military commanders are worried about the possibility of an attack on the United States by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon – so much so that the Pentagon plans to spend nearly $1 billion to move the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) communications into an EMP-resistant bunker.

“Because of the very nature of the way that Cheyenne Mountain is built, it’s EMP-hardened,” NORAD’s commander, Admiral William Gortney, said in April (2015).

Cheyenne Mountain outside of Colorado Springs is the location of a giant bunker where NORAD’s headquarters was located from the 1960s until 2006. NORAD is the organization that guards the United States and Canada from missile attacks.

The Cheyenne Mountain bunker was designed to protect NORAD’s equipment from Soviet nuclear missile attacks during the Cold War.

The Defense Department has signed a $700 million contract with Raytheon to install modern communications equipment in the facility.

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All total, the Pentagon will have spent around $850 million to modernize the facilities inside Cheyenne Mountain, Defense One reported. Most of NORAD’s staff pulled out of Cheyenne Mountain and moved to Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs in 2006.

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The military’s experts believe that the mountain will protect NORAD’s systems from electromagnetic pulses, Gortney told the press.

“It wasn’t really designed to be that way, but the way it was constructed makes it that way,” the admiral said of Cheyenne Mountain. He did not mention any specific threats, but other nations like Russia and Iran could launch EMP weapons.

The most recognized form of an EMP attack would involve a nuclear explosion high in the atmosphere above the U.S., which would knock out the electrical grid and could create a nationwide blackout, perhaps for months or even up to a year. It would fry electronics. If the grid is down for a year, at least two-thirds of Americans likely would perish from starvation, a lack of medical supplies and civil unrest.

LA Times: US Missile Defense Does Not Work

emp attackMeanwhile, The Los Angeles Times reported that the United States is vulnerable to a long-range missile attack, even though the Defense Department spent $10 billion on technologies designed to stop such assaults.

A Times investigation discovered that the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) failed completely in its mission to develop a shield capable of preventing enemy missiles from hitting North America. Disturbing facts uncovered by The Times included:

  • All of the anti-missile defenses created by MDA could be easily thwarted by the simple strategy of launching large numbers of decoy missiles at American soil.
  • The MDA spent $5.4 billion developing a weapon called the Airborne Laser that was so ineffective it was scrapped in 2012. The weapon was a laser beam designed to destroy missiles in flight. It never worked and even if it had, the laser was fired from Boeing 747 jets that could be shot down by enemy missiles or fighter planes.
  • Another weapon, the Kinetic Energy interceptor, was designed to destroy other missiles but was abandoned because it was too big to fit on Navy ships. It cost $1.7 billion.
  • A third weapons system, the Multiple Kill Vehicle, was so ineffective it was never tested even though the MDA spent $700 million on it.
  • The cornerstone of the missile defense efforts, a floating radar system called the Sea Based X Band Radar, or SBX, is also a failure. The SBX was incapable of tracking the most likely enemy missile attack even though it cost $2.2 billion.

“If an enemy launched decoys along with real missiles, U.S. radars could be fooled, causing rocket-interceptors to be fired at the wrong objects — and increasing the risk that actual warheads would slip through,” The Times wrote of SBX.

The LA Times isn’t the only one that is critical of the Pentagon.

“The management of the organization is one of technologists in their hobby shop,” L. David Montague, the former president of missile systems for Lockheed Corp, said of MDA. “They don’t know the nitty-gritty of what it takes to make something work.”

It looks as if America may be more vulnerable to attack than we thought — and the Pentagon knows it.

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17 comments

  1. A grid failure resulting from an EMP attack will cause municipal systems to fail, even those with backup systems as they will eventually run out of fuel. Basic services that Americans have come to rely on won’t exist and most people just aren’t prepared for such circumstances. Stocking up on backup tools and items that aren’t reliant on the electrical grid may be the best way to protect yourself and your family in the wake of an EMP event. Take the time NOW to learn to use these tools! Manual can openers, hand tools, brace and bit, two man saws for firewood and the Emergency Well Tube (draw water from a drilled well without power and without pulling the pump) are all good starter items.

  2. Four bills have been introduced in the Texas legislature that will harden the Texas grid against various threats including nuclear EMP and solar flares. (The feds have failed to take action to protect the grid, despite 2004 and 2008 studies verifying the reality of the threat and the dire consequences to America should they occur. The bill numbers of the Texas bills are SB 1398 (by Sen. Bob Hall), HB 2289 and HB 3552 (by Rep. Tan Parker), and HB 3801 (by Rep. Tony Tinderholt).

    A Facebook group called Protect the Texas Grid ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/828591577194568/ ) is up where people can work together to get a Texas grid protection bill passed.

  3. Those tools will be of little use when all of the nuclear reactors melt down. It takes decades to decommission one of them. Glow baby glow

    • Nuclear power will automatically shut down when the grid fails. They area all designed to do so, but you’ll be a long time waiting for them to come back on line.

  4. Does anyone here know of the subreddit /r/april30th2015 ?

  5. Regarding nuclear power plants in a grid down situation, I think most folks realize that the reactors will shut down rather safely. the reactors I was somewhat familiar with will fail safe, in that the control rods will fall back into the pile, stopping the reaction in an emergency. The problem is the spent fuel rods which most, if not all, nuclear plants store onsite & keep in pools of water which is circulated & kept cool by diesel powered pumps, keeping the fuel rods which are still producing heat, from overheating. After 2 weeks, most sites will run out of diesel fuel, the cooling water will be unable to cool the spent fuel rods and the ponds will boil off, the fuel rods will continue to heat up until they catch fire, and the radioactive plume from the fire is the real problem, not the nearby reactor that did indeed safely shut down. This is just one of the disasters which occurred at Fukushima Dai Ichi.

    • Which is what happens when you allow the government to build reactors to make weapons and also kowtowing to the environmental crazies who have not allowed any modern reactors to be built in this nation since about 1980. All of these reactors are using obsolete technology that newer reactors, built to produce power and not fuel for weapons would not suffer from.

  6. Read the book ‘One Second After’ by William R. Forstchen. It’s a very interesting fiction that could portray what life could be like in a U.S. town after an EMP attack.

  7. So if an emp… happens and we are all living off the grid without running water..does this mean that child protective services will take away everyones kids as have done in many states?

  8. I think the government should keep these type of Defense problems top secret or classified and not telling the world and are enemies are week spots and or how we can be attack I just don’t get it that how they keep other things so classified but then they tell the world are weakness of how the USA can be attack I think any problems with our Defense system they should keep it classified and should start some kind of programs to help us how to survive an attack and help to protect our country we will all be in this together there’s no were to run but if we all stand up and fight we have chance to live anther day. We need to learn to live off the grid how they would many years ago we can’t always depend on technology as technology will always brake down. i think the government should gather all the people that could be trusted to protect our country and show us how to protect and fight every city should be given something for the public so we could help to fight for our country so if we were to get invaded and attacked we could have something to fight back i know we have the army or other forces that we can get in to but that takes lots of years and we need something that could show use the basics on how to fight and how to use a gun or weapon but it’s what i think

    • Dear Jesse,

      Your paranoia with the attack on the USA innocent civilians is absolutely immense. Nobody wants to attack America, it is actually US government who is attacking another nations just because they want to loot everything what they can / Iraq because they have oil, Syria you name it / Everything what is happening now around the world is orchestrated by the US government and by the absolutely corrupted politicians.

      • Bibi, USA will attack itself in order to blame it on someone esle and justify a military response.
        A false flag attack, it is called.

      • gonewiththewind

        Bibi
        Your communist leaders are calling you for your latest propaganda briefing. Good luck comrade.

  9. Geez. People are more gullible today then ever before. There is no way that an emp attack would fry electronics or shut down anything for long term. First of all. All cars would be unaffected. And most electronics. It could potentially affect a power plant. But be brought right back up. The media has turned all the EMP talk into a science fiction movie. You people need to educate yourselves. It’s more fear mongering.

    • Many people still do not know that modern computers have a “built in” operating system and RFID in the cpu. Computers could potentially be shut down by remote. The same can be said by the chips in the latest vehicles. My point here is that if the government thinks it can shut a buncha stuff down, and then have its media claim that an EMP attack has occurred, then it would justify an agenda. Yes. False flag. Dont be surprised if this happens. But it is pure bull to think EMP can paralyze a nation. That’s Hollywood.

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