Step 2, which is indirectly hinted at in Forstchen’s book, is to retain and build mechanical and electro-mechanical systems, which do not depend on electronics. In the book, the only vehicles operating were those built prior to the introduction of electronic components. I’m not saying that electronics should be abandoned … far from it. However I am suggesting that, for electronic systems, you should either shield them or have in place manual mechanical backup, recognizing that modern manufactured products are increasingly dependent on digital technologies.

Postscript: I just happened upon the last few minutes of the movie “John Carpenter’s Escape from L.A.” and (wouldn’t you know?) the protagonist, Snake Plissken, activates a ring of satellites that generates electromagnetic pulses to “shut down the Earth.” While some question the feasibility of this approach, it does represent an interesting potential vector, doesn’t it?

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