“An electromagnetic (EM) attack (nuclear
electromagnetic pulse [EMP] or non-nuclear EMP [e.g., high-power microwave,
HPM]) has the potential to degrade or shut down portions of the electric power
grid important to the DoD…. Restoring
the commercial grid from the still functioning regions may not be possible or
could take weeks or months.”* See the full DTRA-approved press release for the solution by IAN and collaborators. See also the DHS program for EMP-protected microgrids for hospitals.
*Defense Threat Reduction Agency Approved Press Release, 2016
In 2015-2016, a new emergency management approach has emerged with the new National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; the DoD Defense Threat Reduction Agency RFP calling for EMP-protected infrastructure both on and off military bases; and, the new DHS Regional Resilience Assessment Program for the Internet and data center industries. These programs are covered in the article by IAN CEO Charles Manto , "Space Weather, A Historic Shift in Emergency Preparedness" in the DomesticPreparedness.com journal issue, "RISK".