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, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, May 4, 2017 [open pdf - 6MB]
This is the May 4, 2017 hearing on "The Threat Posed by Electromagnetic Pulse and Policy Options to Protect Energy Infrastructure and to Improve Capabilities for Adequate System Restoration," held before the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. From the opening statement of Lisa Murkowski: "I would like to welcome everyone to the Energy hearing this morning. We are here to examine the threat that is posed by electromagnetic pulse, that is 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 (DoD) 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. Today, however, there is a renewed focus on understanding the effects of such an attack and an increase of efforts directed at mitigating and recovering from such an event should it occur. This issue is, perhaps, more salient now than ever for several compelling reasons." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Cheryl LaFleur, Newt Gingrich, Caitlin Durkovich, Robin E. Manning, and Kevin Wailes.
S. Hrg. 115-284; Senate Hearing 115-284
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