Accession Number:

AD1018727

Title:

Preempting the Storm: Mitigating America's National Security Vulnerability to Disruptive Magnetic Events

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States

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Report Date:

2011-02-16

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

This paper will examine the United States national infrastructures vulnerability to disruptive magnetic events. While other sources could pose similar challenges to the components of infrastructure, this paper will focus on electromagnetic threats from hostile state or terrorist actors as well as geomagnetic disruption caused by natural phenomena, specifically geomagnetic storms. This research offers an overview of the nature of the infrastructure threat from disruptive magnetic current events and considers the relative probability of an event occurring. The paper explores the continuum of consequences an event would have on the nations electrical grid, transportation and communication systems in their current state.

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Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE