EMP attack off the East Coast of the U.S.: Is it possible? 64 replies

Please wait...

Penguin_Unit

Uh-oh.

50 XP

8th May 2007

0 Uploads

6,077 Posts

0 Threads

#1 9 years ago

Just ran across this earlier. AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE › EMP ATTACK PRACTICE? It ain't the first time that I've heard this suggested. Now, some of you are thinking, "Bah, Iran isn't nearly dumb enough to attack the U.S." Is that so? These are the same people that have a leader who thinks he's talking to the messiah that he thinks is hiding in a well. Assume Iran has the guts-and I believe nutcases like them do-to pull an EMP attack. With how innocuous a cargo ship would be, it would pass right through. Then, when in range, it could blow it up, as stated, over our country and then shut off everything in a few minutes, thus nullifying any hope of a counterattack. What do you all think? Religious "extremists" know no bounds. If they send their children to blow themselves up, why wouldn't they be able to acquire a nuclear warhead and then disable all our electronics with it? It's not that hard to do if you have the time and money for it, even against a country so powerful as the United States. Personally, I think we're too comfortable, believing ourselves untouchable.




Nemmerle Forum Mod

Voice of joy and sunshine

298,262 XP

26th May 2003

0 Uploads

28,138 Posts

5 Threads

#2 9 years ago

I think fail dead systems would destroy Iran regardless of whether the C3I network was taken down.




Buddy Jesus

Who's your buddy

50 XP

6th September 2004

0 Uploads

757 Posts

0 Threads

#3 9 years ago

Yes, well again, most American's don't care enough. They'll leave it to "The One." to handle. So we can pretty much talk ourselves right into the grave. I woulnd't worry about it Immediatly though. They'll wait until the have the bomb which won't be long now, within the next couple of years. Then it'll be trouble. ....or it could be less time than that as the U.N. already believes they have enough fissel material for a bomb already as seen below in the link from the FinancialTimes. FT.com / Middle East / Politics & Society - Iran holds enough uranium for bomb I hold out hope though that we strike while we still have the chance but then again i'm just an optimist.




Penguin_Unit

Uh-oh.

50 XP

8th May 2007

0 Uploads

6,077 Posts

0 Threads

#4 9 years ago
Buddy Jesus;4818731I hold out hope though that we strike while we still have the chance but then again i'm just an optimist.

I think most military radios/electronics in general, besides vehicles, would be made useless. Therefore, organizing a worthy defense would be nearly impossible, and an invasion would be able to disarm us piecemeal.




Scientist Dr. Professor

The Old Man

50 XP

4th September 2004

0 Uploads

22,336 Posts

0 Threads

#5 9 years ago

Any invading force would have to deal with the effects of the EMP attack as well.




Nittany Tiger Forum Mod

I'm a pretty girl

289,000 XP

15th September 2004

0 Uploads

27,131 Posts

0 Threads

#6 9 years ago

If there was an EMP attack, it's quite easy to counter by shutting all electronics off. Helps to have early warning. Also, the enemy would have thought of that or have EMP protection.

If you're worried about a nuke creating an EMP, you really have larger worries with the nuke itself creating its fun (blast, heat, and radiation).




Penguin_Unit

Uh-oh.

50 XP

8th May 2007

0 Uploads

6,077 Posts

0 Threads

#7 9 years ago
Killer Kyle;4818771If there was an EMP attack, it's quite easy to counter by shutting all electronics off. Helps to have early warning. Also, the enemy would have thought of that or have EMP protection. If you're worried about a nuke creating an EMP, you really have larger worries with the nuke itself creating its fun (blast, heat, and radiation).

It'd be detonated in space, over the U.S. The radiation would be stretched thin and have a minized effect.




AlDaja

SFC III Troubleshooter.

50 XP

5th September 2006

0 Uploads

11,263 Posts

0 Threads

#8 9 years ago

Think they did a SciFi thing with that one chicie-poo a few years back on TV. The show finally ran into the ground because the story line got pretty boring. Anyway, anything is possible. But an effective nuclear strike would be far better. Seems pointless launching some sort of EMP attack. Like bringing a knife to a gunfight. Besides, get two for the price of one with a nuclear strike; EMP would follow the detonation anyway. Our response would be difficult, especially if the attack came from a terrorist group rather than directives from a nation, that is of course, assuming a nation didn’t sponsor and support the attack much like the Taliban did in Afghanistan. At any rate the sun does something similar to us quite regularly from solar bursts. Power grids, electronics and satellites suffer system failures whenever this happens and we have (until recently) been unable to stop it. New technologies and advanced warning systems allow our military and civilian industries to protect against solar flares and more sinister EMP that actually destroy electronics. From what I gather from friends/family in the military that there has been an ongoing retrofit from the standard silicon microchips to silicon carbide chips which are able to resist the effects of an EMP and recover. LandRover SUV’s already use this technology, as are other car manufactures. Hence why law enforcement has given up on the EMP disabling device here in the States to slow or stop evading vehicles in high-speed chases.




Dot Com

I'm too cool to Post

50 XP

26th June 2000

0 Uploads

6,116 Posts

0 Threads

#9 9 years ago

*yawn*

Time to take this fearmongering, put it in a doggie bag and chuck it in the refuse bin.




Primarch Vulkan VIP Member

For the Emperor! Knights of Caliban!

154,320 XP

16th March 2004

0 Uploads

13,497 Posts

0 Threads

#10 9 years ago
Penguin_Unit;4818698 Personally, I think we're too comfortable, believing ourselves untouchable.

I think 9/11 proved you wrong? little note this statement isn't ment to start a flamewar kk?


[color=#000000][size=2][b][i]Heralds of the coming doom, Like the cry of the Raven, we are drawn, This oath of war and vengeance, On a blade of exalted iron sworn, With blood anointed swords