Portions of the US Department of Defense (DOD) plan to simulate a “communications interoperability” training exercise across the United States on November 4-6, 2017, according to the National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL). This announcement was released as of October 24, 2017, though it appears it has not been widely distributed to mass media. As the drill is simulating a total and complete grid collapse the fear is this widespread dissemination could spark a public panic.
According to the announcement from ARRL –
“Elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.
‘This exercise will begin with a notional massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cell phone, satellite, and Internet connectivity,’ Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, explained in an announcement.
During the exercise, a designated DOD Headquarters entity will request county-by-county status reports for the 3,143 US counties and county equivalents, in order to gain situational awareness and to determine the extent of impact of the scenario. Army and Air Force MARS organizations will work in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-Internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.”
Full Report from The National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL) –
It appears that the United States government is quietly preparing for a massive coronal mass ejection or CME and/or an ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP). So what is the difference you might ask?
A CME is a significant release of plasma and magnetic field from the solar corona. They often follow solar flares and are normally present during a solar prominence eruption. To have an impact on anything, it requires a long “antenna.” Our power lines here in the United States are the perfect antenna for receiving the energy. The big issue that could be caused is the destruction of large transformers of which there are no spares and take years to build. In 1859, a large CME caused power surges in telegraph wires strong enough to start fires in the stations and was dubbed the Carrington Event. However, since at that time there was little to no electric infrastructure the damage was minimal. That would not be the case were such an event to happen today.
An EMP, on the other hand, is a secondary effect from a nuclear explosion. It does not originate from the nuclear device but is an electron cascade in the atmosphere triggered by gamma radiation from the explosion. An EMP can burn out most electronic circuits with its wide frequency range and strong power. Damage would likely include even those circuits made to withstand normal surges as the EMP wave is faster than their reaction time. The EMP induces current surges in long lines and can damage transformers and high voltage circuit breakers in a manner similar to a geomagnetic storm caused by solar flares and CMEs.
With the threat of North Korea looming ever near, it seems the US government may be preparing for a possible nuclear attack. The passage of the Executive Order – “Coordinating Efforts to Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events” gives some insight stating –
“Space weather events, in the form of solar flares, solar energetic particles, and geomagnetic disturbances, occur regularly, some with measurable effects on critical infrastructure systems and technologies, such as the Global Positioning System (GPS), satellite operations and communication, aviation, and the electrical power grid. Extreme space weather events — those that could significantly degrade critical infrastructure — could disable large portions of the electrical power grid, resulting in cascading failures that would affect key services such as water supply, healthcare, and transportation. Space weather has the potential to simultaneously affect and disrupt health and safety across entire continents. Successfully preparing for space weather events is an all-of-nation endeavor that requires partnerships across governments, emergency managers, academia, the media, the insurance industry, non-profits, and the private sector.”
US Department of Defense headquarters entity plans to work closely with the US Army and US Air-Force MARS organizations and the Amateur Radio community to request status reports for 3,143 US counties. During the exercise, communication frequencies will use HF NVIS, VHF, UHF, and non-internet linked Amateur Radio Repeaters.
Army MARS Program Manager Paul English states of the upcoming event –
“We want to continue building on the outstanding cooperative working relationship with the ARRL and the Amateur Radio community. We want to expand the use of the 60-meter interop channels between the military and amateur community for emergency communications, and we hope the Amateur Radio community will give us some good feedback on the use of both the 5-MHz interop and the new 13-MHz broadcast channels as a means of information dissemination during a very bad day scenario.”
What is even more bizarre is the timing of this DOD training exercise is set to coincide directly with ANTIFA’s day of rage across the United States. Refusefascism.org states in a post entitled – November 4 It Begins: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! explains the purpose of this “Day of Rage” –
“We will gather in the streets and public squares of cities and towns across this country, at first many thousands declaring that this whole regime is illegitimate and that we will not stop until our single demand is met: This Nightmare Must End” the Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!
Our protest must grow day after day night after night – thousands becoming hundreds of thousands, and then millions – determines to act to put a stop to the grace danger that the Trump/Pence Regime poses to the world by demanding that this whole regime be removed from power….”
This post has more than 33,000 shares on Facebook….at this time.
So while the US government is quietly preparing for an entire grid failure set to paralyze communications systems and energy grids from coast to coast Antifa is prepared to wage war in urban areas. It seems the writing is on the wall for what is coming both via DOD drills and through executive order. We the American people are caught in the crossfire and all we can do is prepare. It is no wonder why many do not trust the government.