The last time the government said there was an imminent risk of an EMP attack was in 2011, when then-Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that the threat posed by EMP had reached a “tipping point.”
But the threat has grown.
Since then, the risk of EMP attacks has grown from “medium to high,” according to a report released Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security.
That’s according to data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which monitors the threat of EMP and provides analysis and warnings.
The government’s assessment includes data from government-funded labs and researchers, and is consistent with what the American Academy of Arts and Sciences says.
The federal government has a “large number of scientists working on the threat,” the Academy said.
A recent report by the Brookings Institution found that the risk has risen by more than 30 percent in the last five years.
“A few years ago, we would have seen that this was not a serious threat,” said Kevin Harris, director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Institute for Futures.
“Today, it’s very much a serious problem.”
The report, prepared for the National Academies by the Washington-based Center for a New American Security, notes that the government’s ability to assess the threat is hampered by “the fact that EMP is not a static threat,” with the danger evolving rapidly.
The EMP threat is more complicated than a nuclear detonation, as “the EMP attack can have a profound impact on a nation’s infrastructure, commerce, transportation systems, communications and other systems,” the report said.
“Because of this, it is critical to develop a plan to respond to an EMP event that includes a realistic plan for how the nation will recover and restore power.”
The threat is real.
The White House says that the Trump administration has made efforts to increase readiness, including funding for the EMP Office of Science and Technology to improve cybersecurity capabilities.
“The U.S. government’s EMP preparedness program provides critical support to critical infrastructure, homeland defense, and national security to ensure that the U.N. has the tools to protect the United States,” a White House statement said.
The U.K.’s National Institute for Cybersecurity, which is responsible for the nation’s cyber-defence, said in a statement that its EMP Office “is responsible for ensuring that all critical infrastructure and critical services are secure, and for working with the private sector to ensure their continued use.”
But it warned that the country was “currently in the midst of a critical infrastructure vulnerability,” noting that “the vulnerability is expected to worsen.”
“If we do not do our part, it will be difficult for the United Kingdom and the United Nations to protect themselves,” the Institute added.
“At a time when the world is facing increasing security challenges, we must work together to protect our infrastructure, our citizens, and our way of life from cyber-attacks.”
“I believe the U.”
should be doing more to make sure it is prepared to respond if an EMP does occur,” said Robert Litt, director and former CEO of the Council of Economic Advisers.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology said in an email that the agency “does not support the EMP threat, but we continue to work with the government to develop EMP mitigation plans and technologies.”
But while the United states has been working to make EMP preparations, there has been no progress on other fronts.
The Department of Defense said in March that it would not be prepared to prepare for an EMP.
“There’s a lot of work left to do.””
I have a feeling the U,” said Harris.
“There’s a lot of work left to do.”