In testimony delivered on September 12, Brandon Wales, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s DHS Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center, admitted that DHS remains unprepared for the possibility of an electromagnetic pulse EMP event or attack.Wales testified that the nation’s power grid is more vulnerable now than it was a few years ago.
Nevertheless, he could not provide Congress with an estimate for how much it would cost to combat such vulnerabilities.An EMP attack could bring this country to a screeching halt by permanently disabling electronic devices. ATMs would stop dispensing money. Water and sewage systems would fail. Even planes and automobiles would stop working. Imagine living in the Dark Ages: This is what it would be like to live through an EMP attack.