The term “Black Sky” or “Black Sky Hazard” refers to an event that severely disrupts the normal functioning of our critical infrastructures. A Black Sky Hazard is a catastrophic event that severely disrupts the normal functioning of our critical infrastructures in multiple regions for long durations. Think electromagnetic pulse (EMP) or space weather in the form of a massive solar flare, for starters. Given the interconnected nature of today’s hyper-complex societies, a “BLACK SKY” event would “bring society to its knees” in very short order.
“It is the policy of the United States to prepare for space weather events to minimize the extent of economic loss and human hardship.” That is the language used in Executive Order 13744, Coordinating Efforts To Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events, signed on October 13, 2016 by President Barack Obama. After years of Congress knowing about the problem and failing to take action, I was pleased to learn that the former President did what he could through the executive office to try and protect the critical infrastructure of our nation. However it is still up to Congress to set aside the funds to follow through and take action in support of the specifics laid out in this order. I’ve read for years about how everyone knows this is a threat, yet no one is willing to take action. Well, the former President did what he could do in response to a lack of action by Congress and now it’s our turn.