April 3, 2014—North Korea’s Looming EMP Threat.Posted on April 3, 2014 by Scott Cooper in Aegis, Aegis Ashore, EMP, Henry F. North Korea’s recent satellite launches and previous nuclear tests, coupled with its recent claims of a coming test of a “new form” nuclear weapon, give us pause in contemplating a possible North Korean EMP attack on the United States coming from over the South Polar region. Most recent news has focused on Malaysia Flight 370 and Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea—and apparent threat of additional expansion into its near-abroad to achieve President Vladimir Putin’s vision for a new Russian empire. North Korea has recently tested its artillery, rockets and ballistic missiles of various ranges (and they appear primed for more), and its official Korean Central News Agency announced it would be testing a “new form of nuclear weapon.” North Korea’s Foreign Ministry would not clarify what was meant by this “new form,” but Washington reportedly (at least by the New York Times) associated it with efforts to make nuclear devices small and sophisticated enough to be delivered by North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
Bad move, since Senators Inouye and Stevens, of Hawaii and Alaska respectively, took great umbrage from being left out of the United States in this NIE.
In addition and in the wake of the 1998 North Korean test, many members of the House were also upset, and Former Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Curt Weldon (R-PA), became the prime advocate for the National Missile Defense Act of 1999, making it our national policy to build as soon as technologically possible a national missile defense to protect Americans in all 50 states. Meanwhile, the 1998 Rumsfeld Commission, also chartered in response to the NIE, concluded that North Korea or Iran would be able launch ballistic missiles to “inflict major destruction on the U.S. The 2009 estimates of the Independent Working Group (IWG), of which High Frontier is a founding member, suggest a bit different perspective (from the New York Times) as illustrated below. One of these low earth orbit North Korean satellites was reported to weigh 220 pounds, as discussed in our April 8, 2013 email message. Furthermore, with those satellite launches, North Korea also demonstrated a FOBS capability—the first Fractional Orbital Bombardment System was developed by the Soviets in the 1960s to attack the United States from over the South Pole, in contrast to their ICBMs that were designed to be launched over the North Pole. But if North Korea can build a viable nuclear warhead weighing 220 pounds or less, then they already have the proven means for delivering it to detonate at the optimum altitude over Omaha to produce an EMP that covers the entire continental U.S.

What if they have already tested such a weapon and know the entire “FOBS” clone would work—as suggested by these satellite launches over the past couple of years? North Korea has conducted three underground nuclear tests, including the most recent test in February 2013.
These specialized devices may be designed to produce a low explosive yield, but a significantly higher output of gamma rays.
In my next email message, I’ll elaborate more on the specifics what we can do to counter these threats as quickly as is possible. We will continue working with South Carolina folks to build a coalition to engage constructively with private citizens and their local and state representatives and other authorities to work with the SC National Guard in understanding and responding to this serious threat.
We are informing SC state legislators and senators about the threat and what can be done to deal with it—and hopefully they will follow Maine and Virginia in seeking to harden the electric power grid.  We also expect support from Cong.
We will be working with members of the EMP Coalition and others who are seeking to take our message across the country—especially with Bob Newman, a former Adjutant General of Virginia to help us link our SC plans more broadly and especially into the National Capital region. Join us in praying for our nation, and for a rebirth of the freedom sought, achieved and passed to us by those who came before us.
Help us to spread our message to the grass roots and to encourage all “powers that be” to provide for the common defense as they are sworn to do. Remember March 23, 1983 when President Reagan launched SDI, the Strategic Defense Initiative—watch an excerpt.
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Important matters, but at least as important is another threat that is rearing its head: North Korea. And as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, they were not to be trifled with.  Is it any wonder that Alaska and Hawaii both play a major role in our current ballistic missile defense programs? While the Taepo Dong 2 was listed as being “under development” in 2009, the North Koreans placed three satellites in Earth Orbit during the last couple of years, illustrating their capability of building an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could threaten the United States with an attack over the North Pole.  There is little reason to doubt they have that capability today. When the North Koreans launched satellites, they also demonstrated an inherent ICBM capability.  After all, recall that when the Soviets launched their first “Sputnik” satellite in 1957, they used an ICBM as a launch vehicle.
A comparison of the two trajectories, calculated by David Wright of the Union of Concerned Scientists, was provided and repeated below.
In operational use, the gamma rays produced by such weapon designs would interact with the earth’s magnetic field to produce enhanced EMP effects. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) whose district includes my SC farm—who is a member of the Congressional EMP Caucus seeking passage of the Shield Act and the Infrastructure Protection Act, as well as other SC representatives. However, North Korea may be testing light-weight, low-yield advanced nuclear weapon designs obtained from Russia or China.

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