The notion of a weapon exploding and crippling everything electronic for miles around doesn’t just live in old black and white military film for Faisel Kaleem.
For the Florida International University engineering professor, the threat is real.
“Somebody comes over to your country and destroys your infrastructure without even bombing,” he said.
Kaleem is referring to an event called an “electromagnetic pulse attack,” which he and others warn could wreak havoc on entire regions for long periods of time. It’s called EMP for short, and it’s a release of energy, an explosion in the sky, that’s so strong everything electronic in its path would burn up.