The military is warning the U.S. government to prepare for a potential electromagnetic pulse weapon attack, as countries like North Korea, Russia
The shocking report, published by the Air Force's Air University, reveals that the U.S. is dismally unprepared for such an attack that could wipe out all electricity, kill 90 percent of the East Coast, and lead to utter chaos.
And it could take 18 months to restore the electricity grid and social order.
'Based on the totality of available data an electromagnetic spectrum attack may be a threat to the United States, Democracy and world order,' the 2018 report says.
EMP weapons use light, lasers, invisible microwaves
North Korea, Russia, Iran as well as the U.S. have been developing such weapons. But, the report warns, the U.S. needs to start preparing against an attack.
If the U.S. suffered an EMP hit, electricity would be lost, the military's weapons would be downed, 99 nuclear reactors would likely melt down without electricity to cool them, and 4.1million people living near nuclear reactors would be displaced as radioactive cloud spread, according to the Washington Examiner.
'An EMP would cause instantaneous and simultaneous loss of many technologies reliant on electrical power and computer circuit boards, such as cell phones and GPS devices,' the report says.
Military and commercial jets would be degraded, bases would be cut off, and power and GPS would go dark making defense and counter-attacks virtually impossible.
The U.S. would be unable to determine who even launched the attack as they would be deployed via satellite.
The attack would dismantle or interfere with electricity, affecting transportation, food processing
'Failures may include long-term loss of electrical power (due to loss of emergency generators), sewage,
Civil unrest is predicted to start within just 'hours' of the attack.
The report notes that keeping the mobile 5G network is key and must be protected, especially because China is its biggest investor.
'Because control of 5G is roughly equivalent to control of the Internet, open 5G is critical to freedom and free-market economics. Meanwhile, access to the 5G-millimeter wave bandwidth will be critical to operations in all war-fighting domains, in particular, space command & control,' the report says.
'As electromagnetic technologies fuse in new and often dangerous ways, it’s critical that the military and industry make honest evaluations of present and future conflict states to ensure we’re proactive rather than reactive,' Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast said.
The report's authors Air Force Maj. David Stuckenberg, former CIA director James Woolsey, and Col. Douglas DeMaio want the government to declare a potential EMP attack as a critical issue.
'The potential for an adversary to inflict damage on states through EMS attack has grown significantly. An EMP attack affects all devices with solid-state electronics and could render inoperative the main grid and backup power systems, such as on-site generators,' the report says.