|The premise of Homefront is that North Korea has successfully invaded an economically and politically crippled United States using an EMP bomb. The idea of an invasion of America may feel like John Milius reusing the plot of Red Dawn, but North Korea in possession of an EMP has become a deadly reality.
According to Gary Samore (Security Advisor to President Obama) and Dr. Peter Vincent Pry (former CIA nuclear weapons analyst); North Korea had a series of weapons tests in May 2009 which included an EMP.
Based on Kim Jong-Il‘s eradicate behavior; North Korea in possession of an EMP is a scary thought. It was not long ago that Korean Peoples Army sank the ROKS Cheonan and attacked the island of Yeonpyeong in 2010. Also back in 2009, North Korea launched a massive cyber attacks against the United States.
Worse is that how ill prepared the United States is against cyber and electronic attacks. Richard A. Clarke (former head of Counter Terrorism Security Group and author of Cyber War: The Next National Security) and Chris Kelly (former Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook) have warned about the dangers of electronic warfare.
Other games like Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Convection and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 have given gamer a look at the threat an EMP and cyber warfare poses to the security of the United States.
So while gamers may have panned Homefront for trying to be Call of Duty on a budgeted; the threat of North Korea in possession of an EMP has become a reality.