The President has issued an executive order for the executive branches assess, prioritize, and manage the risks of EMPs.
Electromagnetic pulses (EMP) have the potential to disrupt, degrade, and damage technology and critical infrastructure systems. Human-made or naturally occurring EMPs can affect large geographic areas, disrupting elements critical to the Nation’s security and economic prosperity, and could adversely affect global commerce and stability.
The Secretary of Energy will conduct early-stage R&D, develop pilot programs, and partner with other agencies and the private sector, as appropriate, to characterize sources of and their couplings to the electric power grid and its subcomponents, understand associated potential failure modes for the energy sector, and coordinate preparedness and mitigation measures with energy sector partners.
The Federal Government will provide incentives to private-sector partners to encourage innovation that strengthens critical infrastructure against EMPs. There will be pilot anti-EMP programs.
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