The US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, simulating the impacts of a massive coronal mass ejection event on the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication.
Funnily enough, this drill will start on ANTIFA’s day of rage across the United States. So we may get some power outages and grid disruptions!
Space weather events and their impacts on our new technology era is taking always more importance in our lifes. In this phase of solar minimum, the USA are intensively preparing their responsivity to such a cataclysmic event. In July, the US government quietly ordered an Executive Order – “Coordinating Efforts to Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events.”
Now, to test the impacts of a powerful magnetic storm on the US communication structures, the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a nationwide drill on November 04-06, which ‘[…] will begin with a notional massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and Internet connectivity.[…]’
The announcement released on October 24 has not been widely distributed to the media, because the drill is simulating a total grid collapse and could spark public fear.
According to ARRL: ‘[…] During the exercise on November 04-06, the US Department of Defense headquarters entity will work with the US Army and US Air-Force MARS organizations and the Amateur Radio community to request status reports for 3,143 US counties. […]’
Bottom line: This exercise will simulate a power-outage scenario, but will not impact any public or private communications. There will be no power outages of communications systems. This exercise is designed to improve readiness, build cooperation and public awareness, and better prepare to defend the nation.
Funnily enough, this drill will start on ANTIFA’s day of rage across the United States described on their website in these words: ‘On November 4, 2017, in less than a week, it begins; in 19 cities across the country, we will unite with courage and conviction, overcoming fear and uncertainty, to put a stop to the grave danger that the Trump/Pence regime poses to the world. Only the people acting together in non-violent mass protest, raising the demand that this regime must step down from power, can end this nightmare…‘
So there could be some power-outages and disruptions communications systems. But this time cataclysmic space weather events wouldn’t be the cause.