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EMP Task Force

JINSA's Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy performs innovative research and advocacy on vital U.S. defense, strategic and general national security issues.

JINSA’s Gemunder Center EMP Task Force convenes former high-ranking government and military officials, directors of national laboratories, nuclear engineers and other experts to raise awareness and develop actionable recommendations to enhance U.S. strategic deterrence, critical infrastructure and societal resiliency against the spectrum of electromagnetic threats.


EMP Task Force Members
Task Force Reports
FERC Docket Comments
Media Coverage
Further References

EMP Task Force Members

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  • Dr. Bryan Gabbard
    EMP Task Force Co-Chairman
    Executive Vice President, Defense Group Inc.

  • Ambassador Robert Joseph
    EMP Task Force Co-Chairman
    Former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security

  • Dr. George Baker
    Former Electromagnetics Group Leader, Defense Nuclear Agency

  • Dr. John Foster, Jr.
    Former Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Member, Congressional EMP Commission

  • John Kappenman
    President and CEO, Storm Analysis Consultants

  • Amb. Ronald Lehman, II
    Former Director, US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

  • Richard Murray
    Head of Liability Regimes Project, Geneva Association

  • VADM (ret.) Dr. G. Peter Nanos
    Former Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Dr. Keith Payne
    Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Forces Policy

  • Dr. Robert Pfaltzgraff, Jr.
    Professor of International Security Studies, Fletcher School at Tufts University

  • Thomas Popik
    President, Foundation for Resilient Societies

  • Dr. William Schneider, Jr.
    Former Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs

  • Dr. David Stoudt
    Distinguished Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center

  • Dr. James Tegnelia
    Former Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

  • Dr. Richard Wagner, Jr.
    Former Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Atomic Energy

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Addressing Electromagnetic Threats to U.S. Critical Infrastructure
September, 2015

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EMP Task Force FERC Docket Comments

Gemunder Center EMP Task Force Comments Submitted to FERC Regarding Reliability Standard for Transmission System Planned Performance for Geomagnetic Disturbance Events
July 27, 2015

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Media Coverage

Report: United States Increasingly Vulnerable to Potentially Catastrophic EMP Attack
By Daniel Wiser - The Washington Free Beacon
November 6, 2015

Ron Johnson says he is happy to be ridiculed over EMP concerns
By Darius Dixon - Politico
November 5, 2015

The EMP Threat Is Real and Growing
By Dr. Bryan Gabbard and Amb. Robert Joseph - U.S. News and World Report
October 1, 2015

Further References

Solar Storm Risk to the North American Electric Grid
Lloyd's of London - May 2013

Lloyd’s City Risk Index 2015-2025

U.K. Government’s Space Weather Preparedness Strategy

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