With the world seeming to be in a bit of turmoil recently (understatement of the year), several threats have risen to the surface that have folks in our government — and our nation — a little concerned.While North Korea makes threats about having and using nukes and it seems like every week an ISIS terrorist is driving a truck into pedestrians, these aren’t what’s keeping national security officials up at night.
So what exactly is the biggest fear these folks have if not terrorists, Iran, Russia, or North Korea?Our electrical grids being being fried. And the results of such an attack are totally terrifying.
According to The Washington Examiner, Amid warnings that North Korea and Iran have plans to take out parts of the U.S. electric grid through a cyber attack or atmospheric nuclear blast, the Pentagon is taking steps to both protect the nation’s communications and power lifeline.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has charged BAE Systems to map a system that can detect a cyber attack and gin up an alternative communications network for military and civilian use if the grid is fried, according to Defense Systems, the online newsletter.Former CIA Director James Woolsey has been warning for years that the grid is extremely vulnerable and recently the Pentagon, and some states, have taken the warning seriously. Woolsey and former EMP Commission chief of staff Peter Vincent Pry have pointed a finger at North Korea, which is now threatening the U.S.
DARPA’s focus is on thwarting a cyber attack, but Pry and Woolsey have also warned that North Korea or Iran could attack the grid with an atmospheric nuclear explosion over the East Coast that will disable the grid and that could end up leading to the death of 90 percent of those in the East.
The DARPA plan presented in Defense Systems has several elements react to attack.First, it would include ways to sense an imminent attack that would trigger protections. And if damaged, it would have an alternative way for communications killed in the attack to continue in a backup system, key for the military and presumably the financial system.
It won’t be ready until 2020.
Gee that’s comforting. Not.[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]