The Task Force on National and Homeland Security is a privately-funded and operated body with a mandate to educate and help protect the United States from the existential threat posed by a natural or manmade electromagnetic pulse (EMP) catastrophe and other threats vital to U.S. national and homeland security that imperil the survival of the American people. Natural EMP from a great geomagnetic storm, a rare but inevitable threat that many scientists fear is overdue and may soon recur, perhaps as soon as the next solar maximum in 2013, could collapse electric grids worldwide and all the critical infrastructures - communications, transportation, banking and finance, food and water – that sustain modern civilization and the lives of millions. A nuclear EMP attack would inflict a similar catastrophe upon the United States, slowly killing about two-thirds of the national population, 200 million Americans dead within one year, from starvation, disease and societal collapse. Such an attack could be executed by both state and non-state actors, in the latter case through the launch of a nuclear-capable ballistic missile from a freighter or other platform off the coast of our country.
This visionary Congressional action – in the absence of taxpayer monies – represents a critical precedent in what could be properly termed "21st century national security." In this new era of fiscal austerity and deep, often debilitating, cuts in defense spending, the Task Force presents a model for the growing privatization of U.S. national security. Specifically, it permits private sector experts and former senior government officials to partner with Congress and other U.S. policy-makers in marshaling highly-proficient views and advice on a range of EMP-relevant technical and operational matters as well as concerning pressing security interests such as proliferation, energy security, economic and financial warfare, missile defense and intelligence-related challenges.
The Task Force is proud to break the mold of required public funding for national and homeland security imperatives of the kind described herein and, instead, draw on the genius, entrepreneurship and financial strength of the private sector to help resolve some of the most vexing security issues of our time.