National Security: The administration moves an advanced missile defense system to Guam because it knows a single low-yield nuke detonated at high altitude could send America back in time a hundred years.
The announcement Wednesday by the Defense Department that it would soon deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD), a missile defense system inherited from the Bush administration, to Guam underscores the seriousness of the threat from North Korea, whose actions, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel rightly said, "present a real and clear danger."
This move comes after the Obama administration reversed its previous scuttling of Bush administration plans to increase our ground-based interceptor force in Alaska and the deployment of two destroyers equipped with Aegis missile defense systems, the Decatur and the John McCain, to the region.
Some observers dismissed it as familiar bluster when North Korea's 28-year-old raging runt, Kim Jong-un, signed an order for North Korea's strategic rocket forces to be on standby to fire at U.S. targets in front of a map that included Austin, Texas, as a target.
But other observers are concerned that a specific target may not be what the possibly imploding North Korean regime may have in mind. The three-stage missile North Korea launched last December that also orbited a "package," which experts say could be a test to orbit a nuclear weapon that then would be de-orbited on command anywhere over the U.S. and exploded at a high altitude, releasing an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). That would fry electronic circuitry and the nation's power grid. This concern recently has been reinforced by a little-publicized study released in May 2011, titled "In the Dark: Military Planning for a Catastrophic Critical Infrastructure Event," by the U.S. Army War College that said a nuclear detonation at altitude above a U.S. city could wipe out the electrical grid for hundreds, possibly thousands, of miles around. The satellite launched by Pyongyang coincided with a third round of nuclear tests described as a "nuclear test of a higher level," most likely referring to a device made from highly enriched uranium, which is easier to miniaturize than the plutonium bombs North Korea tested in 2006 and 2009, said Cheong Seong-chang, an analyst at the private Sejong Institute in South Korea. Such an EMP device would not have to be particularly high yield. It would not be designed to create a big explosion, but to convert its energy into gamma rays, that generate the EMP effect. Any nuclear weapon detonated above an altitude of 30 kilometers will generate an electromagnetic pulse that will destroy electronics and could collapse the electric power grid and other critical infrastructures � communications, transportation, banking and finance, food and water � that sustain modern civilization and the lives of 300 million Americans.
As the Heritage Foundation reports, an EMP attack with a warhead detonated warhead 25 to 300 miles above the U.S. mainland "would fundamentally change the world. Airplanes would fall from the sky; most cars would be inoperable; electrical devices would fail. Water, sewer and electrical networks would fail simultaneously. Systems of banking, energy, transportation, food production and delivery, water, emergency services, and even cyberspace would collapse."
Nobody is harmed or killed immediately by the blast. But life in the U.S., the world's only superpower and the world's largest economy, would come to a screeching halt as a country dependent on cutting-edge 21st century technology regresses in time almost a century instantaneously.
It appears to me that this whole Korean thing has been per-orchestrated. N Korea has been bumbling along in its own incoherent way for some time now but never really doing much. However the worlds banking system is headed for a collapse and the bankers are getting desperate as they see their power slipping away. If they are unable to control the collapse so that it benefits them they could wind up in a heap of trouble. What if the sheeple start to realize what�s happening with their money, think Cyprus, and decide to decorate some of their park trees with these bankers. So they need to keep everyone from watching too closely as to just what they have been doing. Thus there is nothing like a nice little war to keep the sheeple distracted. They are like a kid with a stick poking at a hornet nest then when the hornets get riled up and start stinging they will blame the hornets.
Imagine if N Korea decided to carry out some �war games� a few miles of the shores of California? How would our illustrious leaders react? Yet that is exactly what is being done with N Korea.
Yup, nothing like a world war to divert attention from the incompetence of our leaders. Social Security and WWII, Ohblahblah Care and WWIII.
Here's what the MSM doesn't tell about the potential of a re-entry vehicle;
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un�s rhetoric over nuclear weapons and the possibility of war with the United States and its allies makes almost no plausible sense considering that their long range missile capabilities are lacking and their military hardware is reportedly outdated when compared to the militaries of developed western nations. While the communist regime does have millions of soldiers at their disposal, the notion that North Korea will start and win a war against the U.S. seems outlandish.
So, either Kim Jong Un�s recent actions are a part of internal posturing to keep the North Korean populace compliant through propaganda, or the young leader has been empowered by an ace up his sleeve that the North�s enemies do not yet fully understand.
The idea that the Democratic People�s Republic of Korea may have a secret weapon of sorts may sound far-fetched, but not everyone considers it an impossibility. With the U.S. deploying naval assets to the region and Chinese troops mobilizing en masse at the border, there is a distinct possibility that a military clash of some type is in the works.
In December of last year, the DPRK launched an orbital satellite, which left many wondering about its payload. Could it be that this �space launch vehicle� is carrying a star wars type nuclear weapons package?
Some U.S. officials seem to think so, and they�re sounding the alarm:
U.S. officials quietly are expressing concern that North Korea could use its �space launch vehicle� to explode a high-altitude nuclear device over the United States, creating an electromagnetic pulse that would destroy major portions of the U.S. electrical grid system as well as the nation�s critical infrastructures.
The concern is so great that U.S. officials who watch North Korea closely are continually monitoring the status of the North Korean �space launch vehicle,� whose status could suggest a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States.
They are aware of the three-stage missile North Korea launched last December that also orbited a �package,� which experts say could be a test to orbit a nuclear weapon that then would be deorbited on command anywhere over the U.S. and exploded at a high altitude, creating an EMP effect.
This concern recently has been reinforced by a little-publicized study by the U.S. Army War College that said a nuclear detonation at altitude above a U.S. city could wipe out the electrical grid for hundreds, possibly thousands of miles around. The impact would be catastrophic. �Preparing for months without a commercial source of clean water (city water pressure is often dependent on electric pumping to storage towers) and stoppage of sewage treatment facilities will require net methods of survival particularly in populated areas,� the military study said.
The May 2011 study, titled, �In the Dark: Military Planning for a Catastrophic Critical Infrastructure Event,� concluded that there is �very little� in the way of backup capability to the electric grid upon which the communications infrastructure is vitally dependent. Full report at WND
Two years ago the North Koreans detonated a nuclear weapon that experts claimed had such a low-yield it posed no significant threat. However, EMPact President Dr. Peter Vincent Pry has a different assessment. He suggests that, while the blast may have been weak, if detonated at high altitude over the United States, the gamma rays emitted are powerful enough to disable the national power grid across the lower 48 states. According to experts, a blast of this nature detonated 300 miles above the state of Nebraska would be a life-as-we-know-it ending event:
�Within a year of that attack, nine out of 10 Americans would be dead, because we can�t support a population of the present size in urban centers and the like without electricity.�
I had read something somewhere about a 'polar orbit' of said reentry vehicle and the consequences of interception or lack thereof.
The North/South conflict is a sham. Not sure how far back this business model has been practiced but I am aware of a few incidents from those who participated in it that the last few skirmishes and tests were orchestrated to market military equipment and US Military positioning. It's actually quite obvious. You can Google it and find that every skirmish and test has been shortly followed by commercial military activity.
Few years back, a North Korean fighter pilot crossed the border and every military arm was ordered to stand down other than a few South Korean fighter pilots who escorted the North Korean pilot back to the North. Guess which fighter jets they sold that year? Guess who brokered product? Satellites can generate images that show level of jet traffic in the air. In order to have a functioning air force, a Country's pilots must train often enough to so that these satellites pick up these jet trails. Guess how much 'jet activity' exists above North Korea? Nearly zero . . .
A week following the last nuke test, the South announced the launch of a missile program. When's the last time you saw any government military project get announced and launched in one week? Or did they just luck out with the perfect timing for their 2 year project? Stealth Bombers, Laser missile defense system, (yes, the one that got scrapped for poor performance and high cost), and nuclear weapons presence in South Korea will probably make its way to South Korea by the end of the year.
Follows the 'Crotch Bomber' script to a tee; One day a clown supposedly has a bomb attached to his nutsack, next week the roll out the full body scanners. WOW! Pretty fast concept, to R&D, to mockup and engineering, and then the production of enough units for all major airports.