AMERICA’S ACHILLES HEEL

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Russia has demonstrated that it can shoot down all 32 navigation satellites that the United States uses for its eyes in the sky worldwide. RUSSIA’S new weapon dubbed “Star Warrior” has the West worried as it can blast satellites out of orbit at heights of up to 500 miles above the earth. Vladimir Putin’s state-owned TV issued a chilling threat that Russia may deploy the system to destroy some 32 Western satellites to render Nato missiles useless. It comes after President Putin used the weapon to destroy a redundant Soviet-era Tselina-D military reconnaissance satellite. Russia tested the rockets between 2014 and 2020 before deploying to kill an actual satellite 500 miles above the earth on November 15, 2020. The ground-based missile launchers are portable and, therefore, can be moved from place to place. The Star Warrior weapons system has no counterpart in the West.

America’s electric grid and other critical infrastructure remain vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse attack (EMP) from China or other adversaries. The U.S. is at a pivotal moment if it wants to avoid a potential doomsday scenario. At a significant virtual forum hosted by the Universal Peace Federation, specialists warned of the growing threat of an EMP attack that could knock out communications, water and sewer services, transportation systems, retail, and other central components of American society. China successfully tested a hypersonic glide vehicle in the summer of 2021 that, if employed against America’s infrastructure, could disable all electronic devices. 

For decades, American scholars and lawmakers have warned that U.S. infrastructure — especially the electric grid system — is highly vulnerable to EMPs. The U.S. does not protect its infrastructure against such an attack. President Trump in 2019 signed an executive order directing a new level of government-wide coordination on combating a potential EMP attack, but Congress has spent money on other priorities. One of the most significant hurdles is the vast number of state agencies and utility companies involved with the nation’s electric grid, making it difficult to install a single set of hardening standards across the entire country.

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Published by Kenneth E. Long

Author, college professor of economics, swimming and tennis enthusiast

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