Sometimes you think these people must be living under a rock without a television or radio.
It reminds me of the time that George Bush Sr. went out with the press to a grocery store for photographs and was shocked to see a laser barcode scanner in operation. Where the hootenanny did these things come from and how long had they been around? His staff had been doing his shopping for twenty years and he had scarcely gone outdoors during this time, apparently.
Obviously, with these guys, you create a world in the mass media and it becomes real for them, since they have no experience with the real world at all.
For those of you just joining us like George Bush Sr., the high altitude EMP burst is the first tactical step in any modern nuclear war. Just like moving your first pawn in a chess game. It's a no-brainer coming out of the gates. Any nation not assuming the first part of the attack will be the high altitude EMP pulse will be unprepared for much of anything that follows.
As my son pointed out the other night when we were watching JERICHO, it is a fantastic early warning device for civilians, assuming they have somewhere to take shelter in. Despite the siren program being long dead, if you see this blast in high-altitude space it is a sure sign that diplomacy has failed. The first attack wave may be a minute or hours away but it still serves the function of alerting you to the fact that hostilities have formally commenced. Your neighbours will probably just consider it an odd celestial spectacle without being aware of its significance.
Short leads or optical fiber only, breakers and magnetic dampers plus lightning absorbers and grounds on all extended lines within the shelter. This will all be in the first Vault-OS book.