Thank you for being patient. The new book in the Soldier Up series is currently with the editor. I’m expecting to release it late July.
General Grayston had returned to Atlanta with his new Armor force only to find the country thrust into war. He was appalled that his commanders and the President as well as Parliament had moved forward without his knowledge or permission. Not that they really needed his permission, but these were very serious movements by the United States and he should have been involved in every facet of every decision.
Now he felt he had a mess to clean up, Fort Gordon had been re-enforced and had broken out, taking what forces he had there and chewed them up and spit them out. In addition, the Third Infantry Division has also decided to breakout of Fort Stewart, they were on their way to securing Savannah and heading east at the same time. It was obvious to the General that the two forces were heading to link up and from there what? He felt they were being guided by someone or something, but what?
Then it hit him, they had recently discovered that shortwave radio’s that were tube operated worked. That must be it, the United States must have figured it out sometime ago, yes – that must be it, of course that’s it. They only had two so far that worked, however the General had sent out tactical squads from all over the SSA to find more, so far, there had been no word they had found more. Then is occurred to him that any radio traffic would be sent in the clear, and they could intercept it if they knew the frequencies.
General Grayston asked his admin to come into his office, he ordered the admin to find his brand new communications officer immediately and have him report to him. Since they only had the two radios, one here at the capital located on the Army Barracks and the others was supposed to be in Macon, the communications officer position wasn’t all that important. If they had more radios it would, but just the two, nope. Colonel Wayne Jesop was the newly appointed communications officer, he was a Signal Officer in the United States Army.
He was five foot seven inches tall, bald, very dark, brown eyes and well …fat. But, it’s all the General had at this time. He was at General Grayston’s office within fifteen minutes. He was escorted into the office by the General’s admin. General Grayston was standing in front of a large broad window, which gave a wonderful view of downtown Atlanta.
“What can I do for you General?” Colonel Jesop asked.
“Yes, Colonel Jesop.” General Grayston stood and shook the Colonel’s hand. “I’d like an update on how it’s going looking for more of those shortwave radios.”
Colonel Jesop was a bit confused by the question, “I’m sorry sir, that project was put on hold indefinitely by Major General Holcomb in your absence. He told me all troops were needed to hold back the United States horde that was soon to be on our doorstep.”
General Grayston was livid, not at Colonel Jesop, he was following orders, but because Senior Officers in his command failed to see the big picture. Communications was an essential element of government and the military. They were only as effective as their communication, the radios would open the entire nation up, make it, in theory, easier to govern. It would also make troop movements and a far more effective military, why couldn’t everyone see what he did.
“Did they leave you with anything?” General Grayston asked.
“They left me with a squad, enough to run the radio shack, I don’t know who we are supposed to be talking to. As far as I know the radio in Macon went dead.”
General Grayston sighed, why was he only finding this out now, “I have a new mission for you. Do you know how to find out the old Army radio frequencies?”
“Yes sir, I have a manual with them.”
That was good news, “I want you to search those frequencies, and any other US military and US government ones. I’m betting that they have these radios and are using them. If we can find them we might be able to listen in.”
“Given what’s happened that makes sense.”
“What do you mean Colonel?”
“Well sir, I’ve been thinking, I know what’s going on, we all hear it. How was the Airborne drop coordinated with Fort Gordon? How does each of the post know of the others plan to breakout, coincidence? Maybe, but it seems a bit much to me. It seems they are coordinating this through a higher authority, maybe even the Pentagon. It would make sense that if they had the radios they could do it all.”
General Grayston smiled at hearing the Colonels theory, “I have the same belief Colonel. I don’t believe Major General Holcomb should have pulled your resources and I will be talking to him. Are you sure about the radio in Macon?”
“No sir, but we’ve had no contact with them for four days. I’m assuming it died on them, it was the older of the two.”
“Can we check on it?”
“Yes sir, I’ve dispatched two men this morning to find out the problem and they’ve taken parts to repair it if it is broken.”
“Alright Colonel, please keep me apprised of that situation. I want to be notified once you’ve determined the problem. How long do you think it’s going to take you to get through those frequencies?”
“How urgent is it?”
“I wanted the information yesterday, Colonel, if that tells you anything.”
“Yes sir, I can put everyone on it, round the clock search. My only concern would be the radio breaking down.”
“Is it in bad shape?”
“No sir, I only mention it as a risk.”
“Roger that. Colonel I need to know, if we could ease-drop on the enemy plans, we could win this thing. It may be all we have.”
“Yes sir, we should have something in the next twenty-four hours.”
“Make it happen Colonel, make it happen.”
Colonel Jesop came to attention, saluted, General Grayston returned the salute. The Colonel dropped his salute, turned and smartly exited the office, he had a mission finally. Something he felt he could really contribute to the war effort.
Coming Soon –
Civil WAR! Soldier Up Book Six
The Congressional EMP Commission warns that nuclear-armed rogue states or terrorists could make a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack that could blackout the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for over a year — killing 9 of 10 Americans by starvation and societal collapse.
Yet, as the Obama administration goes out the door on its very last day, Jan.19, its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is poised to pass a standard that is grossly inadequate to protect the nation from natural EMP, from solar storms, and that will make it much more difficult and expensive to pass future standards to protect the nation from nuclear EMP attack.
The Chairman of the EMP Commission, Dr. William R. Graham, asked me to share with Newsmax, and the American people, his letter below to the incoming Trump administration:
“I am William R. Graham, and was the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Science Advisor to President Reagan during his second term as President. Since its inception, I have been chairman of the Federal Statutory Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack (“EMP Commission”) a Commission Congress first established in 2001 and recently reestablished by NDAA 2016.
“The Congress has directed the EMP Commission to assess both man-made EMP and naturally-occurring (solar storm) EMP, often known as geomagnetic disturbances (GMDs), and report its findings to them and to the Administration. During its previous terms, the EMP Commission has submitted several classified reports, and two unclassified reports: Volume I, Executive Report (2004) and Critical National Infrastructures (2008). Both unclassified Reports can be found on-line . . . ”
“I wish to urgently inform you of a scheduled Jan. 19 ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on EMP protection of the U.S. Bulk Power System, the high-voltage portion of the U.S. national electric power grids. The planned ruling is likely to have far-ranging, seriously counterproductive national security implications.
“It may not be an accident that this action is being addressed on the last full day of the Obama administration, rather than at a time when the Trump administration can influence the ruling. The current FERC is made up entirely of three Obama administration appointees, all Democrats. Two Republican appointee slots are now empty.
“The term of one Democrat appointee is scheduled to end on June 30, 2017. After that time, a three appointee majority of FERC can become Trump Administration appointees.
“FERC currently plans to finalize a standard for only the natural occurring slow EMP called E3 and ignore the nuclear-weapon-generated EMP; however, the E3 component of EMP from high-altitude nuclear explosions can have higher amplitudes than the GMD E3, and there is also a substantially higher, intense electromagnetic fast pulse (E1) produced only by high-altitude nuclear weapons.
“Significantly, similar commercially-available equipment can be used to protect against nuclear EMP (E3) and naturally-occurring GMD EMP (E3), but comprehensive nuclear EMP protection also requires protection against E1.
“The cost to comprehensively protect the entire U.S. grid from both E1 and nuclear and naturally occurring E3 would be modest if integrated with geomagnetic disturbance protection, and much of that could be recovered by utilities from their ratepayers at a very low per capita cost.
“Despite several objections filed with the FERC, its ruling planned for 19 January has been carefully crafted to address only natural EMP. We expect that several duly filed requests for administrative rehearing are planned to be denied on 19 January.
“Once FERC makes its final ruling on the regulatory standard for only GMD EMP protection, it will be both difficult and more expensive to replace with the necessary comprehensive standard that integrates the nuclear EMP protection.
“President Trump will have the authority to appoint three new FERC Commissioners between January and July 2017. A rebalanced FERC could mandate integrated protection against both GMD and nuclear EMP, with substantial cost saving and major infrastructure survivability improvement that would significantly strengthen national security.
“I hope that this pending FERC ruling causes you grave concern, as it does for me. The FERC Chairman, Norman Bay, plays a key role in determining what items are scheduled for decision or not.
“The Chairman could postpone a final decision on GMD protection, and allow the Trump Administration to pursue an integrated EMP-GMD protection approach.
“I strongly urge you to contact Chairman Bay (202-502-8000, Chief of Staff Larry Gasteiger, 202-502-8000) and the two other sitting FERC Commissioners before their vote on the ruling on Jan. 19, , this coming Thursday, and request that FERC defer rehearing of FERC Standard TPL-007-1, per FERC Order 830, until the Trump Administration can participate in the ruling. Under FERC rules, this direct contact is legally permissible, as it is for any citizen.
“Again, this is a matter that could have a significant, near-term impact on our national security, especially in view of recent moves by North Korea to establish an EMP-attack capability with ICBMs, nuclear missile-carrying submarines, and satellites.”
William R. Graham
Chairman Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse AttackT
There are thirteen United States military bases in Georgia. There were two out of the thirteen that were the biggest threats to the new and emerging country. Fort Benning was the home of the United States Infantry and Armor as well as the 75th Ranger Regiment, Officer Candidate School, Airborne School and many more. The post commander is Major General Scott Andrews, he had spent most of his career in Special Operations, and even at one time was the commander of Delta.
He was a got his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, from there he got a Masters in the same subject, then he joined the Army and went through Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning. He was an honor graduate and he loved the challenges that it presented him with. From there, through the Infantry course, more challenges he loved. After graduation he was selected for Ranger training, but before that he had to go to Airborne (jump) school, both located at Fort Benning.
After completing the Ranger school he was sent off to Alpha Company, 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington. He found it amazing at how little he really knew about Ranger’ing, thank goodness for his platoon Sergeant, Sergeant First Class Don Wary, he’d been a Ranger for almost seventeen years. He took the young butter-bar under his wing and taught him everything he needed to know. That’s when Lieutenant Andrews knew the NCO’s were the backbone of the Army and he would depend on the NCO’s the rest of his career.
He steadily rose through the ranks, he attended the US Army Special Forces qualification course, then onto follow on courses that were required of a Special Forces Officer. His first assignment was with the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell, Kentucky as an A team commander. When he reflected back on his career he realized that was the best command he had ever held.
Then the wars came, the first gulf war and then years later back to Iraq and then Afghanistan, he commanded all Special Operation in those theater of war. Finally, returning home to take the reins of the commander of Fort Benning where it all began for him.
On the morning the lights went out in Georgia, MG Andrews was home asleep. When he awoke that morning it was to a brand new world that he wasn’t even aware existed yet. At 0600 MG Andrews woke up and planned on getting ready for his day, he would be picked up at 0700 by his driver. The first thing that happened was that there was no water running from the faucets. That’s ok, he’s a GI, they improvise, adapt and overcome. He went to the refrigerator to retrieve a couple bottles of water only to find that when he opened it there was no light.
He tried several light switches, but found none of the lights turned on, he felt he didn’t have time for this now. He’d call post maintenance when he got to the office to come check it out. He grabbed the bottles of water and got washed up and dressed.
At 0700 a Humvee arrived to pick him up at his quarters. He had forbidden this in the past and elected to be picked up in one of the motor pool’s sedans. The Sergeant that picked him up explained that none of the cars, military or civilian were currently running any place on post.
MG Andrews thought for a moment then asked the Sergeant to wait that he wanted to try his own POV (privately owned vehicle). The General hurried back into his home and grabbed his car keys. Then headed into the Garage to start his Ford Expedition only to find it dead, ‘Wasn’t that interesting’ he thought.
He exited the garage and headed back to the Humvee and told the Sergeant to take him to his headquarters. MG Andrews took note that there weren’t any other vehicles on the streets with the exception of the occasional military vehicles, there were no POV’s at all. He saw quite a few people coming out of their homes, it was, as far as he was concerned normal for people of come out of their homes when they realize there’s no electricity. They want to see if the rest of the neighborhood has been affected.
It was only a fifteen minute drive to his headquarters, he passed several formations where Soldiers were still doing PT, and apparently the loss of electricity and water hadn’t stopped them, which was a good thing. He exited the vehicle and headed into his office, there weren’t many people in the building, and he expected that most were having problems getting in. The ones that were there, lived on post and didn’t need a ride.
He stopped by his Executive Officers office and found it empty except for the administrative assistant, Specialist Terra LeCanda, the General told her to have her boss come see in right when he gets in. When he arrived he found his own administrative assistant, Sergeant Mike Fox, waiting anxiously for him, “Sir, we have all sorts of problems all over post!” He told the General excitedly.
“So I’ve seen Sergeant. What do you have?”
Sergeant Fox ran down a list of items of things, some of them General Andrews knew, but the loss of communications, such as cell phones, telephones and radio’s all down. He was running down the list in his mind, then it all of a sudden it clicked. The list, although not, concrete did leave him to believe that had been some sort of EMP attack.
Thirty minutes after he arrived in his office, his Executive Officer, Colonel Terrence Walt arrived. Colonel Walt had been an Infantry Officer his entire career. He was six feet tall, brown close cropped hair, gray eyes, skinny – he looked like he hadn’t eaten a meal in days. He was sarcastic and loved a great practical joke.
Colonel Walt entered MG Andrews office without knocking, “You wanted to see me , Sir?”
“Good morning!” MG Andrews said sarcastically. “Any idea what’s going on?”
“None, Sir. You?”
MG Andrews ran down the list of items that weren’t working, “It sound like anything familiar to you?”
“Well, if we take the information that we got from the EMP symposium a month ago that we attended at Bragg, it looks like an EMP attack.”
“Yes Sir, it does. From all appearances I would agree.”
“I want the post locked down for now until we can get this sorted out. I want all units on post to get a head count, get the MP’s to increase their patrols.”
“Sir, are you expecting trouble?”
“No not at this time. If this is an EMP attack, civilian services are cut and they are going to be looking for us to help. I have no problem helping as long as we can. Also, let’s get a status of all military and civilian vehicles on post, what’s running and not.”
“Aircraft too, make sure to tell them to start each and every one of them, also include generators, basically anything with an engine.”
“Will do, Sir. Anything else?”
MG Andrews was thinking, “Not that I can think of offhand, what about you?”
“We should get a handle on fuel, water, and rations too.”
“Makes sense, get that information as well. Deadline should be by eighteen hundred today.”
“I’ll get right on it, but I’ll have to send out runners, may take a little longer to get the word out.”
“Understood, let’s start by getting the word out. Let’s get back together at seventeen thirty to see where we’re at.”