Ongoing crises make it difficult for policymakers to devote sufficient attention to electromagnetic threats, which are less prominent but potentially catastrophic. Events that reflect our growing vulnerability to these threats often slip quickly from the front page, as did the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. Others, such as solar storms across Alaska in March and the accidental power station explosion in April that left Washington, D.C. in the dark, go mostly unnoticed. And even events that dominate headlines, like the Iran nuclear agreement, don't tell the whole story about electromagnetic threats. As a nuclear threshold state, Iran may quickly race to build a bomb that could be used to conduct a devastating electromagnetic attack against the United States.
The Iran debate remains in flux but its fundamentals have not changed. Some members of Congress want to filibuster, and some believe the debate must continue because the Obama administration has not met the terms of existing law by failing to provide all the necessary documentation. There is yet another set of lawmakers who support the deal with the hope that they can improve upon it after it is implemented. However Congress resolves these challenges, legislators must recognize this inescapable fact: the deal's flaws can't be materially ameliorated; they are deeply rooted in the agreement's structure. To 'fix' the deal, Congress must reject it and force a fundamental renegotiation.
The chair of a council of prominent military leaders argued in testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday that the Iranian nuclear deal could encourage U.S. allies in the Middle East to align themselves with other world powers such as Russia or China.
JINSA Gemunder Center Iran Strategy Council Co-Chair General Charles Wald, USAF (ret.) and Member Vice Admiral John Bird, USN (ret.) testified on September 9 before the House Foreign Relations Committee on the Iran nuclear deal.
Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, former Vice President Dick Cheney addressed the consequences of the Iran nuclear agreement and quoted Gemunder Center Iran Task Force Co-Chairman Amb. Eric Edelman and JINSA's Iran Strategy Council Report.