If terrorists do obtain a nuclear weapon, it will likely not be a one-kiloton weapon but a far more sophisticated one from Russia or a rogue state…
The “brain drain” from Russia enabled North Korea to make (and potentially test) “Super-EMP” low-yield nuclear weapons that can generate very powerful EMP fields over wide geographic areas…
Even a low-yield weapon could knock out the [electronics and electrical grid on the] entire Eastern seaboard if detonated from a higher altitude…
Jordan Harms via EMP Attack: The Threat Is Real
Andrew’s Note: Today’s discussion on Blood Agents, also known as Cyanogen Agents is from U.S. Army Field Manual FM 4-25.11, First Aid (Approved for Public Release). If you don’t think there’s any chance you’ll ever encounter a blood agent then think again. There are a number of commercial and industrial uses for these agents in addition to their use by foreign governments in chemical warfare. The most frightening use of these agents is by criminal or terrorist groups against an unprepared populace.
Cyanogen agents interfere with proper oxygen utilization in the body. Hydrogen cyanide (AC) and cyanogen chloride (CK) are the primary agents in this group.
Frequent Prepography contributor Roger Reality wrote in to ask that I remind our readers that the 27 year old Leader of North Korea, Kim Jung-un just scrapped the 1953 Armistice that ended…really just hit the ‘pause button’ on the Korean War. His declaration technically returns us to state of open warfare with the Stalinist state.
This puts us in a state of war with another nuclear armed nation…the first time this has ever happened. I should also mention that this nuclear armed nation has also successfully launched a satellite into orbit demonstrating what is essentially an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability. Put together ICBM and nuclear capabilities and we’ve got a whole new kind of threat to worry about…and it likely isn’t the one you’re thinking about right now. Continue reading
As I listened to the President’s State of the Union address last night I couldn’t help but remember the same speech eleven years ago when another President described the ‘Axis of Evil.’ If you’ll recall the Axis included Iraq, Iran and North Korea. The only thing worse than an Axis of Evil is a Nuclear Axis of Evil.
In case you’ve been on a low information diet this week… North Korea apparently detonated another nuclear weapon amid a blitz of anti-U.S. rhetoric.
Andrew’s Note: There’s been a lot of discussion in the news lately of Syria readying munitions from it’s chemical weapons stockpile and I’ve received a few questions about chemical weapons in general. There’s a good reason chemical weapons are vilified and considered a weapon of mass destruction but a chemical environment is survivable. Much of this article discusses survival skills when faced with military grade chemical weapons, you are unlikely to encounter such weapons in the U.S. but the detection and avoidance of a chemical environment could save your life in the event of a terrorist attack similar to the Sarin attack on the Tokyo Subway by Aum Shinrikyo on March 20, 1995. The good news is that military grade chemical munitions have a lethality difficult for terrorists to duplicate. Here’s Chemical Attack Survival Skills which has been taken directly from FM 21-76, the U.S. Army Survival Manual [Approved For Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited]. For additional information check out the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Attack Fact Sheet and don’t forget to seek immediate medical attention if you think you’ve been exposed. Continue reading