U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs: Protecting the Electric Grid from the Potential Threats of Solar Storms and Electromagnetic Pulse
Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy, and Environment and Subcommittee on National Security: The EMP Threat: The State of Preparedness Against the Threat of an Electromagnetic Pulse Event
Representative John Shimkus
“A nuclear airburst would fry our electronic system and throw north America into a panic which would be what Islamic radicals would love to see.” he went on further to say, “I’m just not sure we’re going far enough to put in the protections that we need.”
Senator Mike Rounds
In regards to General Dempsey’s testimony on the Iran deal, “In my opinion he made it very clear that this was not the advice that our military gave the negotiators in this process with Iran. … After a period of 8 years they have permission now to pick up intercontinental ballistic missiles.”
Senator Kelley Ayotte
“The intelligence estimates have been that they (Iran) will have ICBM capabilities this year is what we’ve heard so we know that yes, the scud would be the more primitive form (of delivery) but they are also working on more advance forms that could deliver these types of weapons and could have the same effect (EMP).
Representative Tom Marino
A small nuclear weapon could be sent of a ship and shut down our electrical grid for as much as a year. …The seriousness of it is that there is no heat, no light, no food. This could be a real catastrophe and I think the Iranians would do everything they possibly can to try and destroy the United States.
Representative Stephen Lynch
We must enhance security for our nation’s critical infrastructure against the threat of a terrorist attack… we must make every effort to examine the extent of potential threats such as an electromagnetic pulse event to our homeland security.