DHS Issues Electromagnetic Pulse Program Status Report; Ken Cuccinelli Quoted

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Ken Cuccinelli
Ken Cuccinelli

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a report to provide updates on DHS’ efforts to address vulnerabilities posed by electromagnetic pulses and improve the resilience of the country’s electrical grid and other critical infrastructure against an EMP attack.

The EMP Program Status Report details how DHS promotes resilience through collaboration with other federal agencies and the private sector, risk assessments, data analysis and evaluation, testing and pilot programs and vulnerability assessments, CISA said Thursday.

“EMP attacks are part of the emerging threats against our nation and demand a response,” said Ken Cuccinelli, senior official and acting deputy secretary at DHS. “That is why DHS is taking these contingencies very seriously, working diligently to mitigate our risks and equipping our state and local partners with the resources they need to do the same. We’ve made significant progress and look forward to the work ahead.”

DHS issued the status report in accordance with an executive order President Trump signed in March 2019 directing federal agencies to address the need to protect the country against EMP threats.

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