As of this writing, a final carrier group is heading toward North Korea and the immediate vicinity. When you have three carrier groups sitting off the shores of a nation decidedly hostile to your nation? The chances are highly probable that a war is about to begin. The U.S. has tried everything from sanctions to shows of force. The latter may have been, up until this point, smaller in scale; however, they were serious nonetheless. Flyovers of B-1 bombers close to the North Korean border, the deployment of Aegis and THAAD missile systems, and the influx of nuclear-capable cruise missiles via submarine are some examples.

Take the time to refer to an excellent article by Stefan Stanford of All News Pipeline that features a video with Dr. Peter V. Pry, the U.S.’s foremost expert on EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) attack against America. As outlined in previous articles, Dr. Pry is convinced that North Korea has already succeeded in miniaturizing a warhead capable of a large-scale delivery of an EMP weapon sans a high megaton nuclear explosion. Dr. Pry has explained over the course of more than a decade how the miniaturization is not difficult, and an EMP can be delivered upon a weapon in the low-kilotons range of delivery.

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The article, titled This ‘Mad Max’ Scenario Could Lead To Planes Falling Out Of The Skies, includes an interview with current Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis stating plainly that North Korea is a threat to the United States right now. With the carriers USS Nimitz, the USS Carl Vinson, and the USS Ronald Reagan and their groups in the area, this is plainly a serious matter. It cannot be discounted or relegated to the “fear porn” category that naysayers are constantly expressing on this venue.

North Korea just completed another series of tests with another missile firing on Sunday, 5-28-17. One of the things that most people are not taking into consideration is that a small nation that is neither financially or militarily as powerful as the United States will utilize other strategies that are cost-effective and work. The EMP fits the bill for this requirement. That EMP strike is not only possible: it is probable, and it is the most likely course of action for North Korea to take.

For many years, (now retired) Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, (R), MD, helped chair the Congressional Committee to address the EMP threats against the U.S. His greatest contribution was to show how in a simple and affordable manner the U.S. government could upgrade shielding and protection to safeguard military resources and critical infrastructure, such as the power grid.

Over the eight years of Obama’s reign, he doggedly and determinedly gutted and hollowed the defenses…removing TARS (Tethered Aerostat Radar System) from the southern border and the Gulf of Mexico, effectively taking away an additional 10 minutes of early warning to augment NORAD. He reduced our capabilities exponentially, and as a result, we have Russian bombers flying Cold War routes off the coast of Alaska. We have Russian bombers that have flown along the northern airspace of the U.K. and all the way across the ocean and around the Mid-Atlantic region outside of U.S. airspace. It is also much more than reducing our capabilities.

We are being conditioned with repeated events in North Korea to foment skepticism and to discount the threat…the very real threat…that North Korea poses.

Each day that passes enables the North Koreans to make further progress, and now we’ve almost reached the tipping point where some kind of action leading to an all-out war is not simply “possible” but more likely inevitable. Where are the North Korean subs? Have they purchased any of the refitted Kilo-class subs now equipped with stealth technology from Russia? If so, was their last “excursion” the one where they disappeared recently from the Navy’s sonar screens off the coast of California this spring? The EMP threat is real, and if things continue the way they have, the arrogant dismissal of such a concept will be replaced with a real-life “One Second After” scenario that will not be able to be denied. Let’s hope it doesn’t reach that point.

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne).  Mr. Johnson is also a Gunsmith, a Certified Master Herbalist, a Montana Master Food Preserver, and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape).  He lives in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with his wife and three cats. You can follow Jeremiah’s regular writings at or contact him here.