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6th Global Meet on Wireless, Aerospace & Satellite Communications

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Avery Snyder

Avery Snyder


Title: Electromagnetic Pulse: Importance to Deterrence and Dissuasion


Biography: Avery Snyder


Discussion on deterrence is nearly always focused on threat of retaliation, such as mutually- assured destruction. Threat of retaliation relies on convincing the deterred of both capability and will to retaliate; reduction of either diminishes the threat. This concept describes deterrence by punishment, but there is a complimentary form, deterrence by denial, also known as dissuasion. This research presents deterrence by denial on equal footing with deterrence by punishment, and presents an equation similarly related to convincing the dissuaded of resilience to and protection against attack. Further, defense is presented as a product of deterrence and dissuasion. Dissuasion is an important concept; it is necessary to understand how U.S. vulnerabilities, such as civilian critical infrastructure, can undermine national defense through its diminishing influence on dissuasion. Critical infrastructure, such as national electric power grids, are susceptible to electromagnetic pulse events, both man-made and naturally-caused. U.S. EMP vulnerability will continue to undermine national defense until its critical infrastructure and military systems are publicly and credibly resilient.