According to a recently declassified report from the congressional Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack, Russia, China, Iran and North Korea are making preparations to carry out an EMP on the United States. Such an attack would cripple the U.S. military and cast the US into darkness.
“The United States critical national infrastructure faces a present and continuing existential threat from combined-arms warfare, including cyber and manmade electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, and natural EMP from a solar superstorm,” reads the report.
In 2015, a secret Iranian military playbook surfaced revealing a plan to attack America's highly vulnerable electric grid with a nuclear EMP attack. Such an attack would be surprisingly easy to carry out and kill around 90% of the population.
An EMP attack is an assault on America’s power grid and electronics by detonating a nuclear bomb at high altitude. An EMP would completely fry all electronics, thrusting America back to the 18th century.
In order for Iran to carry out an EMP attack they would need a nuclear weapon, a missile capable of achieving the necessary altitude, anywhere from 25 to 250 miles above the Earth’s surface, and a platform to launch it.
Turn the page for details on the new report.