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53) It is estimated that a multi-megaton nuclear EMP weapon detonated over the center of North America would cause severe disruption and damage from coast to coast and, according to Dr.
In addition, the EMP weapon can redirect incoming missiles, so as to "give you a little window of opportunity," Hill said.
Even if this is true, it is not clear if the US ballistic defense could knock down an incoming North Korean ICBM in time, if the nuke is intended as an EMP weapon, which explodes soon after re-entering the atmosphere.
An EMP weapon has the ability to wipe out electronic devices including communications, navigation and sensor systems thereby crippling the country's ability to defend itself from a land invasion that would follow.
Terrorists could also build a "crude" non-nuclear EMP weapon, with the power to cause disruption over a more limited area.
The potential threats of a Carrington-size space weather event or a high-altitude nuclear EMP weapon would have specific and potentially devastating impacts upon the electrical grid and other aspects of electronic infrastructure, which play an absolutely critical role in UK society," it said.
Run silent in stealth mode, evade enemies with thermal imaging sensors and use the EMP weapon to disable mechanical equipment while remaining undetected.
An EMP weapon would most likely be built to fit a Mk.
The result of exploding an EMP weapon will be a high-voltage electrical "spike" propagating along any exposed conductive cables.
The risk of a severe space weather event is regarded as being considerably more likely than a high-altitude nuclear strike, or the development and deployment of low-level EMP weapons by terrorists.
The Los Alamos national laboratory first demonstrated EMP weapons in the 1950s, and "since that time a wide range of [EMP-weapon] configurations has been built and tested, both in the US and [Russia].
53) For a more comprehensive discussion of EMP weapons, see CRS Report RL32544, High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) and High Power Microwave (HPM) Devices: Threat Assessments, by Clay Wilson.
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