Electromagnetic Defense Task Force Recommendations Checklist




Recommendations Checklist

Establish information sharing within the government, industry, and academia

Create a national repository to track infrastructure resiliency initiatives to help minimize duplication of efforts and enhance benchmarking of successful projects

  •  Garner public support through public outreach and media campaigns
  •  Develop a nationwide plan with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), and US Strategic Command, and include local communities
  •  Ensure electric power grid and supervisory control and data acquisition is not dependent on 5G
  •  Build a community of experts
    •  Invest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
    •  IncentivizeSTEMgraduatesandengineeringdisciplinestoresearch, the mechanics of EMS hardening
  •  Developacohesivestrategicplaninvolvingnationalandlocalgovernments
    •  Involve the Federal Emergency Management Agency and establish geomagnetic disturbance (GMD) / electromagnetic pulse (EMP) as a natural disaster
    •  Ensure5G’srecoverystepsareincludedas5Gbecomesmoreprevalent
    •  Harden and utilize cells-on-wheels
    •  Partner with American Radio and Relay League and Military Auxiliary Radio System to integrate ham radio into the national emergency and redundant communications strategy
  •  Incentivize the industry to implement shielding standards and protect equipment
    •  Research implementation of EMP-Star rating
    •  Set standards for tiered rating
    •  Award cities for EMP resiliency
  •  Increase the pace and reduce the cost of 5G development by allocating mid-band spectrum (sub 6Ghz) for mobile assets
    •  Ensure supply chain integrity of 5G equipment for security
    •  Educate students and military on vulnerabilities of 5G and potential threats
    •  Ensure 5G networks are resilient, redundant, and resistant to GMD/ EMP
  •  Recognize the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) as a domain and in- corporate EMS into the doctrine
    •  Create a culture of EMS awareness
    •  Translate/publish/understand adversary doctrine
    •  Develop a golden hour response plan for EMP recovery
  •  Educate military members on EMS utilization and vulnerabilities, beginning with initial military training and continuing through career

Incorporate EMS training into LeMay Wing and Group Command- er’s course

  •  Train and exercise in an EMS-degraded environment
    •  Incorporate GMD/EMP into community and base exercises
    •  Stand up EMS attack “Red Team.”
  •  Develop cognitive electronic warfare and artificial intelligence to deliver mass alerts from GMD/EMP
    •  Develop software-defined/reconfigurable radios and laser-based communications
    •  Research UAV or balloon-based repeaters for radio communication
  •  Invest in pre-positioned shielded assets, including generators, fuel, and communications equipment, which are placed throughout the nation and in allied countries
  •  Streamline the acquisition process for EMP-shielded equipment to al- low quicker development and unit testing
  •  Develop tax incentives for implementing EMP-hardening standards
  •  Develop micro-grids that are hardened for EMP and cyber for critical facilities and then branch out to all military bases
  •  Evaluate ways to detect and prevent threats across 5G networks 92
  •  Institutionalize EMS awareness in leadership positions
  •  Partner with universities to develop “whole of society” EMS education programs and strategies
  •  Strategically message that the US is prepared for an EMP attack and will regard it as a crime against humanity
  •  Develop leadership roles for specific situations; for example, DHS will lead a recovery after GMD, while USNORTHCOM will lead recovery and retaliation after EMP
  •  Manage the workforce to find and retain experts in EMS operations and maintain corporate knowledge
  •  Ensure EMP shielding is implemented in new military construction as the cost is much lower
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