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Threat Posed by Electromagnetic Pulse and Policy Options to Protect Energy Infrastructure and to Improve Capabilities for Adequate System Restoration, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, May 4, 2017   [open pdf - 759KB]

This testimony compilation is from the May 4, 2017 hearing, "Threat Posed by Electromagnetic Pulse and Policy Options to Protect Energy Infrastructure and to Improve Capabilities for Adequate System Restoration" before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. From the opening statement of Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski: "Today we are here to examine the threat posed by electromagnetic pulse, better known as EMP, as well as policy options to protect energy infrastructure and provide for system restoration in the event of an EMP attack. The United States has recognized a potential EMP attack as a national security threat for decades, and our efforts to understand a potential EMP burst are certainly not new. The Department of Defense and our national labs have been grappling with these issues to one degree or another since we first started testing nuclear weapons. Extensive tests in the 1950s and 60s examined the potential impact of an EMP burst on both military and civilian infrastructure. However, today there is a renewed focus on understanding the effects of such an attack, and an increase in efforts directed at mitigating and recovering from such an event should it occur". Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Cheryl LaFleur, Newt Gingrich, Henry F. Cooper, Caitlin Durkovich, Robin Manning, and Kevin Wailes.

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