In the last few weeks, we’ve chuckled at North Korea’s failed missile tests. For all his big talk about nuking the US, Kim Jong-un can’t even seem to get a rocket to launch without it blowing up.
But it could be we’re looking at this the wrong way. Maybe it’s all according to plan, and Kim has something much bigger planned. At least that’s what one security expert thinks.
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and chief of staff of the Congressional EMP Commission believes North Korea may be secretly putting together the capability to launch an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the U.S.
According to Pry via Breitbart, North Korea may be following a plan once created by the Russians: to launch a surprise EMP attack against the United States by disguising a warhead as a satellite. Because a satellite trajectory is different from an ICBM trajectory that is aiming to go into a city. You know, for accuracy on an ICBM you launch it on a lower energy, 45-degree angle that follows a classic ballistic trajectory. Like a rifle. To land your missile on a city.”
But if you put a satellite in orbit it follows a different trajectory. It doesn’t have accuracy but it puts the satellite up there so that it stays in permanent orbit so it looks different in terms of the trajectory. And guys watching their radar screens tend not to get alarmed when they see a missile being launched on that satellite trajectory. Because they assume it is for peaceful purposes.
At this time North Korea doesn’t seem to have the capability to launch missiles against our missile bases, but they’ve proven the ability to launch satellites.
Pry spotlighted recent North Korean nuclear and missile tests minimized by the news media for reported failures. When viewed through the lens of potential preparations for an EMP attack, Pry warned, the tests were actually successes.
“The April 29 missile launch looks suspiciously like practice for an EMP attack,” Pry wrote in an article for Newsmax. “The missile was fired on a lofted trajectory, to maximize, not range, but climbing to high-altitude as quickly as possible, where it was successfully fused and detonated — testing everything but an actual nuclear warhead.”
As we wrote here previously, the Pentagon is already aware of this danger and is taking steps to protect the nation’s communications and power lifeline with a system that can detect a cyber attack and pump up alternative communications if the electronic grid is fried.
That’s the good news. The bad news is, the system won’t be ready until 2020. And it doesn’t prevent an EMP attack from happening in the first place.
These are dangerous times indeed.
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]