British Defense Chief Warns of EMP Threat

British Defense Secretary Liam Fox yesterday cautioned that an electromagnetic pulse, caused by the detonation of a nuclear weapon near the edge of earth's atmosphere, could knock out crucial electrical systems, the London Telegraph reported (see GSN, Oct. 14, 2009).

"I think it's a subject that we need to give a good deal more attention to ... because we live in a [world] where [nuclear] proliferation is becoming more not less the case," Fox said at an international symposium on the danger global electricity networks face from naturally occurring and intentional events.

"When we are discussing North Korea or Iran, for example, people need to understand there are other risks than just what we would consider the sort of nuclear strike we saw in Nagasaki or Hiroshima," the defense chief said.

Leading defense officials are discussing behind closed-doors the "nightmare scenario" of a rogue nation exploding a nuclear weapon in the upper atmosphere above Europe, the Telegraph reported.

A substantial portion of Defense Ministry's planning is centered on that threat, Fox said (Andrew Hough, London Telegraph, Sept. 20).

September 21, 2010
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British Defense Secretary Liam Fox yesterday cautioned that an electromagnetic pulse, caused by the detonation of a nuclear weapon near the edge of earth's atmosphere, could knock out crucial electrical systems, the London Telegraph reported (see GSN, Oct. 14, 2009).