WASHINGTON – Even a tinpot dictator with access to a missile and a crude nuclear device could bring the U.S. to its knees, causing a multitude of deaths and shoving the nation back into the 19th century.
The threat of an Electromagnetic Pulse, or EMP, will be the topic when “A Nation Forsaken” author F. Michael Maloof speaks Feb. 5 at noon at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.
WND-TV will live-stream his presentation on the EMP threat to the nation’s energy grid
Maloof also will address the federal government’s inaction in preparing for the threat, which could come from either a natural solar flare or an enemy’s crude nuclear device.
Maloof’s “A Nation Forsaken – EMP: The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe” covers the issue in detail.
Maloof, a former senior security policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and senior writer for WND, will discuss how leading scientists and other experts have warned for years that the nation’s electrical grid system and other critical infrastructures are vulnerable.
Yet, policymakers continue to delay taking preventative action against what could be the biggest threat to U.S. national and economic security in a lifetime.
In “A Nation Forsaken” Maloof breaks down the threat.
A few years ago, a congressional commission raised questions about the consequences to the nation’s electricity-dependent infrastructures. Not only would the power grid itself be threatened, but also telecommunications, the banking and finance system, the transportation system that delivers food and water and the fuel needed for homes as well as the military systems that maintain national security.
Congress, however, essentially has ignored its own commission report, wasting valuable time in confronting the threat.
Maloof will argue in his talk that while an EMP event on civilian infrastructure could be serious, it can be managed if government at the federal, state and local levels gives appropriate priority to preventative action.
The event – at the Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium at 214 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E. – is open to the general public along with being live-streamed by WND-TV.
Maloof has almost 30 years of federal service in the U.S. Defense Department and as a specialized trainer for border guards and Special Forces in countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia.
While with the Department of Defense, Maloof was director of technology security operations. He headed a 10-person team that halted the diversion of militarily critical technologies to countries of national security and proliferation concern and sponsors of terrorism.
His office was the liaison to the intelligence and enforcement community within the secretary of defense’s office in halting transfers and using cases that developed from them as early warnings to policy-makers.
Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States, Maloof was detailed back to report directly to the undersecretary of defense for policy to prepare analysis of worldwide terrorist networks, determine their linkages worldwide and their relationship to state sponsors.
Maloof notes that the sun is entering a period of maximum solar flares, of which several significant events already have been reported. The other threat would be from a nuclear explosion in the atmosphere over the U.S., an event experts fear even a Third World dictator might accomplish given access to a military missile and a nuclear bomb.
Here’s the documentation of the danger: “A Nation Forsaken – EMP: The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe.”