America is falling behind in the development of critical electromagnetic weapons some say could wipe out 90 percent of its population, a new report has claimed.
The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments says the technology is ‘one of the most critical operational domains in modern warfare.’
However, it concludes ‘unfortunately, ‘failed to keep pace’ is an appropriate description of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) investments in EMS warfare capabilities over the last generation.’
The report, ‘Winning the Airwaves: Regaining America’s Dominance in the Electromagnetic Spectrum’, added the technology will become as revolutionary as smartphones.
‘In the same way that smartphones and the Internet are redefining how the world shares, shops, learns, and works, the development and fielding of advanced sensors and networking technologies will enable militaries to gain significant new advantages over competitors that fail to keep pace,’ it says.
It comes after controversial tech boss and presidential candidate John McAfee recently warned a ‘doomsday’ electronic weapon could wipe out 90 per cent of Americans and urged politicians to is the number one threat facing the country.
McAfee, who recently announced he is running in 2016, wrote in a blog for International Business Times: ‘Experts agree that an all out cyber attack, beginning with an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack on our electronic infrastructure, would wipe out 90% of the human population of this country within two years of the attack.
‘That means the death of 270 million people within 24 months after the attack.’
The CSBA report says the Us has now lost its lead in the area.
‘In the absence of a peer rival following the end of the Cold War, DoD failed to pursue a new generation of capabilities that are needed to maintain its EMS operational superiority.