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Navy updates policy to protect electronics against EMP blasts, space weather

By John Liang  
February 15, 2018 at 4:54 PM

The Navy has overhauled its policy to protect electronic systems from the threat of electromagnetic pulses and space weather events.

A Feb. 2 memo "[e]stablishes the Department of the Navy (DON) Electromagnetic Environment (EME) policy and management consistent with national and Department of Defense (DoD) EME policy directives and instructions."

Additionally, the memo sets up related Navy policy "for Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3), Space Weather Event Preparedness (SWEP), and continuity of operations."

On protecting against electromagnetic pulses -- be they nuclear or non-nuclear -- the memo states:

DON organizations shall develop [electromagnetic compatibility] plans for ensuring continuity of operations, allowing reliable, safe, and mission-capable operations of all systems, subsystems, and equipment within their intended operational environments. These systems include [communications-electronics] systems and apply to all platforms, systems, subsystems, facilities, weapons, electrical or electronic equipment, networks, sensors, fuels, and ordnance developed, procured, acquired, operated, and maintained by the DON, including commercial items and non-developmental items.

On space weather, the document states:

DON organizations shall predict, prepare for, respond to, and recover from space weather events. This authorizes all actions to plan, organize, equip, train, and exercise to build and sustain the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from those threats that pose risk to the mission of the DON.

Read the full memo.

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