IMHO a rogue state with no chance of winning a war might launch a nuke, but I think the major world powers will swap EMPs back and forth.
An electromagnetic pulse, also sometimes called a transient electromagnetic disturbance, is a short burst of electromagnetic energy.
How could a electromagnetic pulse be used as a weapon?
reply to post by ArtemisE
Yeah. Why would nuclear war be used today when it devastates the land and makes it inhabitable.
Part of war has always been to go in and take over/invade an area to utilize it for various reasons.
An EMP would weaken an area and cause loss and or weakness of power overall. Power as in electrical "power" and the "power" players that control that area/country.
However... an EMP strike might not work either. Like you said unless they have the army's capable of coming in fast this might not work. The factions that arise after the EMP strike bringing down the "power" would be very dangerous and there would be many to deal with in a country like USA.
EMP generation The strong electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that results has several components. In the first few tens of nanoseconds, about a tenth of a percent of the weapon yield appears as powerful gamma rays with energies of one to three mega-electron volts (MeV, a unit of energy). The gamma rays penetrate the atmosphere and collide with air molecules, depositing their energy to produce huge quantities of positive ions and recoil electrons (also known as Compton electrons). The impacts create MeV-energy Compton electrons that then accelerate and spiral along the Earth's magnetic field lines. The resulting transient electric fields and currents that arise generate electromagnetic emissions in the radio frequency range of 15 to 250 megahertz (MHz, or one million cycles per second). This high-altitude EMP occurs between 30 and 50 kilometers (18 and 31 miles) above the Earth's surface. The potential as an anti-satellite weapon became apparent in August 1958 during Hardtack Teak. The EMP observed at the Apia Observatory at Samoa was four times more powerful than any created by solar storms, while in July 1962 the Starfish Prime test damaged electronics in Honolulu and New Zealand (approximately 1,300 kilometers away), fused 300 street lights on Oahu (Hawaii), set off about 100 burglar alarms, and caused the failure of a microwave repeating station on Kauai, which cut off the sturdy telephone system from the other Hawaiian islands. The radius for an effective satellite kill for the various prompt radiations produced by such a nuclear weapon in space was determined to be roughly 80 km. Further testing to this end was carried out, and embodied in a Department of Defense program, Program 437.
If I knew, itd be classified, and I wouldnt be able to tell you. Thats the point. Just like, prior to WW2, nukes were an unheard of tech. The only reason they are widely known about is because of that war.
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That's a really good point...
So what sort of weaponry are you talking about? LaZers? Or walking through walls Camelot Project #...?