Is the U.S. Prepared for an EMP Event?

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Michael Maloof is the author of A Nation Forsaken: EMP-The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe.

Maloof is a former senior policy analyst for the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense and has almost 30 years of federal service, 23 of which were with the Defense Department. He was the Director of Technology Security Operations, where he led a 10-man team in tracking and prevention the proliferation of dangerous weapons.

After the 9/11 attacks, Maloof was detailed back to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy to prepare analysis of worldwide terrorist networks.

The following is Clarion Project National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro’s interview with Michael Maloof:

Ryan Mauro: Are there any serious objections from the scientific community about the danger from a potential EMP event?

Michael Maloof:  Scientists generally are in agreement that a natural or man-made electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, can be devastating to our unprotected electrical grid, electronics and automated control systems. Depending on its intensity, an EMP can have a potentially catastrophic, cascading impact on all of the electricity-dependent critical infrastructures on which we rely for survival.

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