Is Trump first president to protect electric grid from EMP and cyber attacks?

WASHINGTON – President Trump became the first national leader to call for protecting the U.S electric and communications grid against an electromagnetic attack like one practiced in North Korea. The Washington Examiner reports.

Is Trump first president to protect electric grid from EMP and cyber attacks?
Is Trump first president to protect electric grid from EMP and cyber attacks?
WASHINGTON – President Trump became the first national leader to call for protecting the U.S electric and communications grid against an electromagnetic attack like one practiced in North Korea. The Washington Examiner reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

12 Jan. 2018 -- Deep in his new national security strategy released this week, he made good on a campaign promise to move quickly to make the fixes that proponents of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and cyber attack have long called for.

Two of the chief advocates, William R. Graham and Peter Vincent Pry, executives of the nation’s first Congressional EMP Commission, said in a statement, “President Trump understands, even if everyone in his administration does not, that ‘strategic stability’ and ‘longstanding strategic relationships with Russia or China’ are best maintained — not by a policy of mutual vulnerability — but by a policy of ‘Peace Through Strength.’ Protecting the nation from all missile threats and EMP should be the cornerstone of a ‘Peace Through Strength’ policy.”

The duo claim that protecting the grid would not be expensive and could done fast and with commercial products, a solution Trump endorsed in his strategy.

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John Keller, chief editor
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