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Oversight of Federal Efforts to Address Electromagnetic Risks, United States House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, May 17, 2016   [open pdf - 1MB]

This testimony compilation is from the May 17, 2016, hearing, "Oversight of Federal Efforts to Address Electromagnetic Risks" before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Scott Perry: " America's energy infrastructure is the heart that pumps the American economy. Long term power outages resulting from an attack on our critical infrastructure could cripple our nation's economy and put Americans' health and safety in jeopardy. Because the nation's critical infrastructure is so vital to Americans' way of life, the Federal government has recognized the necessity of securing our infrastructure from an array of risks, including the threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. The most serious EMP risk would come in the form of an EMP resulting from a nuclear detonation at high altitude. Such an attack could cause long-term damage to the power grid. While many believe the likelihood of such an attack is low, the damage and economic aftershocks that would follow demand that we address these risks. We cannot discount that other nation-states, such as North Korea, or sophisticated terror groups might want to utilize an EMP to wreak havoc on our economy. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Scott Perry, Chris P. Currie, Brandon Wales, Joseph McClelland, and Judson Freed.

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2016-05-17
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