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Sixth Generation War: The US Fears a New China Nuclear Bomb

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WASHINGTON - February 1, 2019

Concerning a congressional study on nuclear power, a previous USA Really article talks about the work of other countries to create powerful nuclear bombs, which with the help of strong electromagnetic pulses should disable all electronics at great distances.

"The attack with the use of nuclear electromagnetic weapons is part of the military doctrines, plans and exercises of China, North Korea, Russia and Iran for a revolutionary new way of warfare. This new method is called the war of the sixth generation, contactless war, electronic war, total information war and cyber warfare," the report says.

Also, the nuclear-electronic war is called the "Blackout Warfare" because of the disastrous impact on any electronics.

"Foreign adversaries may aptly consider nuclear EMP attack a weapon that can gravely damage the U.S. by striking at its technological Achilles Heel, without having to confront the U.S. military," reads the report, which notes how foreign actors could use EMP attacks virtually anywhere in the world.

Sixth Generation War: The US Fears a New China Nuclear Bomb

The new type of nuclear weapons will be used at high altitudes, so the explosion doesn't pose an immediate danger to people. However, its electromagnetic radiation will destroy electronics, cause long-term power outages and lead to the collapse of military and civilian infrastructure, which should force the enemy to give up the battle.

In addition, EMP will produce no blast or other immediate effects harmful to humans. Instead, three types of EMP waves in seconds will damage electronics, and the strikes are not regarded by adversaries as an act of nuclear war.

"Potential adversaries understand that millions could die from the long-term collateral effects of EMP and cyber-attacks that cause protracted black-out of national electric grids and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures," the report says.

Sixth Generation War: The US Fears a New China Nuclear Bomb

Impacts can be adjusted by the area of application and intensity of electromagnetic radiation due to detonation at different heights: The closer to the ground the charge is triggered, the more powerful the pulse will be, and the further -- the wider the area of its impact. At the same time, it's quite possible to strike a target the size of North America.

"Nuclear weapons detonated at an altitude of 30 kilometers or higher will generate potentially catastrophic electromagnetic radiation," the report says. It is noted that such charges don't require a clear hit and operate easier than conventional nuclear warheads, exploding in the atmosphere over targets. Moreover, new weapons can be delivered in a variety of ways, including satellites, aircraft, various types of missiles and even meteorological probes.

According to the authors of the report, China, Russia and possibly North Korea already have super bombs capable of generating an electromagnetic pulse sufficient to burn the electronics of strategic communications and intelligent systems. But the US itself doesn't have such weapons.

"The Commission sees the high-altitude nuclear explosion-generated electromagnetic pulse as an existential threat to the survival of the United States and its allies that can be exploited by major nuclear powers and small-scale nuclear weapon powers, including North Korea and non-state actors, such as nuclear-armed terrorists," the report notes.

Sixth Generation War: The US Fears a New China Nuclear Bomb

The report says also that in the event of a major US conflict with China or another major country, the first to be used is a new nuclear electromagnetic super weapon, exploded in space to destroy the US command and control systems of nuclear weapons. Such a warhead poses a serious threat to the entire American nuclear arsenal, the report said. But not to it alone.

"The United States is vulnerable to a new special type of war because we're used to relying on automated information systems and technologies. Our society is the most technologically advanced and, therefore, the most vulnerable," said Peter Pry, one of the report authors.

As noted in the publication, some parts of the Congressional report were edited so as not to show potential opponents the true extent of the US’s vulnerability to new weapons.

By the way, as for North Korea, the greatest concern is the use of such weapons by terrorists. That is, as the report says, if North Korea or Iran secretly supplies the al-Qaeda terrorist group with nuclear weapons, the terrorist group that attacked the world trade center and the Pentagon could receive a mobile short-range missile and launch a nuclear warhead into space over the country as part of its war against the United States.

In this regard, the Commission's recommendations are as follows:

The introduction of cyber security for power grids and other critical infrastructures should include EMP protection.

The President needs to establish an Executive Agent with the authority, accountability, and resources to manage U.S. national infrastructure protection and defense against the existential EMP threat.

It requires the cooperation of the President with Congressional leaders in the establishment of a joint Presidential-Congressional Commission, whose members should support the Nation's leadership in accelerated protection of critical national infrastructures.

It is necessary to adopt new standards for protecting critical national infrastructures against damaging E3 EMP heave fields, with more realistic standards of 85 V/km.

The Department of Defense needs to provide accelerated threat-level, full-system testing of large power transformers, widely used in the power supply system, and share key results with the electric utility industry.

The Director of National Intelligence needs to spread criticism of the EMP Commission to all recipients of the 2014 JAEIC report and send a new assessment that will replace the 2014 JAEIC EMP report.

Author: USA Really