High-altitude balloons, such as the one China has floating over western states, are considered a key “delivery platform” for sneak biological or nuclear strikes on America’s electric grid, according to intelligence sources.
Balloons, were used by Japan to drop bombs during World War II, and they actually had a plan to drop millions of fleas infected with bubonic plague over the west coast. Balloons today however, are now far more sophisticated, can fly at up to 200,000 feet, evade detection, and can carry a small payloads as previously mentioned.
A small tactical nuke for example, if exploded in the atmosphere, would shut down the grid and wipe out electronics in a very wide area. The threat of balloon-launched electromagnetic pulse attacks was warned about by a congressional EMP commission and inside the military several years ago.
In a 2015 report for the American Leadership & Policy Foundation, Air Force Maj. David Stuckenberg, one of the nation’s leading EMP experts, wrote extensively about the threat balloons carrying payloads pose to national security.
“Using a balloon as a WMD/WME platform could provide adversaries with a pallet of altitudes and payload options with which to maximize offensive effects against the U.S.,” Stuckenberg wrote in the report.
Not since WWII has North America faced a threat of this nature. Project FuGo in Japan, used balloons to float bombs on the trade-winds across the Pacific to the U.S. and Canada.
EMP experts have warned that China, North Korea, Russia, and Iran have programs to hit the U.S. grid with electromagnetic pulse weapons that would cut the cord for a year or longer.
Peter Pry, a former CIA analyst and member of the Congressional Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from EMP Attack, stated, ‘Imagine the consequences of a balloon EMP attack that damages and destroys electronic systems at the speed of light within an EMP field with a radius of hundreds of kilometers.
The Eastern Grid generates 75% of U.S. electricity and supports most of the population.” Pry also notes, “Virtually any nuke detonated anywhere over the Eastern Grid will collapse the entire Eastern Grid, not just the area within the EMP field, because of cascading failures that will ripple outward.”
The consequences of a failure to anticipate ALL delivery modes within the reach of an imaginative enemy, could be immediate and widespread. As guardians of our nation’s future, our military must leave no stone unturned in the effort to deprive America’s enemies of low cost, lowtech, high-consequence military options. China has said that its balloon flying over Montana is safe and not a threat.
The Pentagon has rebuffed calls to shoot it down because it could be a safety issue to those below it. Unacceptable weaklings are leading our military and country.