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  • Drones are 21st Century Superweapons

    07/20/2013 12:20:31 AM PDT · by furquhart · 14 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Adam Yoshida
    There's this strange sense in the zeitgeist that robotic warfare is somehow disreputable. If you read the news, hardly a day goes past without some deprecatory reference to the use of drones by the United States in its ongoing war against al-Qaeda and affiliated groups. The sense that there is something amiss with the deployment of drones in combat permeates popular media. Indeed, thinking off the top of my head, I can't think of a single example in recent popular culture where the deployment of a drone has been positively portrayed. I believe that this is madness -- the sort...
  • DARPA's 'Star Wars'-style Laser Cannon

    09/01/2005 6:37:55 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 33 replies · 1,722+ views
    SPACE.com ^ | Tuesday, August 30, 2005 | Bill Christensen
    DARPA's HELLADS (High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System) will be light enough to fit on a fighter jet or drone aircraft, and yet powerful enough to fire a 150 kilowatt beam of energy. Star Wars laser cannon may be closer than you think. High energy laser weapons already in development are powerful enough to bring down missiles (see MTHEL - Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser). However, their very large size has precluded placement on any but the largest planes. The main weight problem comes from the cooling systems needed. HELLADS makes use of a unique cooling technique to save...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • European Nuclear Firm Appears to Be Origin of Nuclear Network

    02/20/2004 8:13:41 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 5 replies · 307+ views
    NTI Global Security Newswire ^ | 2/17/2004 | unknown
    The European consortium Uranium Enrichment Company (Urenco) appears to be the origin of the international nuclear network recently exposed by the reported confession of top Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, the New York Times reported today (see GSN, Feb. 17). Urenco was established in 1970 by Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to ensure that their nuclear power industries would have a fuel source independent of the United States. According to documents and experts, though, security at the firm was poor. For example, Khan, who worked for a Urenco subcontractor in the early and mid-1970s, was given access...
  • U.S. Urges Tighter Export Controls as Alleged Nuclear Middleman Goes Missing in Malaysia

    02/20/2004 8:21:17 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 2 replies · 284+ views
    NTI Global Security Newswire ^ | 2/17/2004 | unknown
    U.S. officials today urged Malaysia to increase export controls, just as a businessman suspected of supplying nuclear components to Libya went missing from Kuala Lumpur (see GSN, Feb. 17; Agence France-Presse/al-Jazeera, Feb. 19). President George W. Bush in a speech last week called Buhari Sayed Abu Tahir, a Sri Lankan businessman living in Malaysia, the “chief financial officer and money launderer” of a nuclear smuggling operation headed by the Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan. According to the Associated Press, Tahir sat on the board of a company owned by the Malaysian prime minister’s only son, Kamaluddin Abdullah (Rohan Sullivan...
  • China Tries to Ease Concerns Over Planned Plutonium Processing Facility

    12/09/2003 3:55:38 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 4 replies · 358+ views
    NTI Global Security Newswire ^ | 12/09/2003 | Joe McDonald
    China today sought to reduce concerns over its planned purchase of a German plutonium processing facility, saying the facility would only be used for “peaceful purposes” (see GSN, Dec. 8). The unused facility, constructed by the German firm Siemens, is designed to convert plutonium into mixed oxide (MOX) fuel for use in nuclear reactors, according to the Associated Press. “This fuel in China will be used for peaceful purposes I would like to emphasize that,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said. China and Germany are currently “having discussions” on Chinese assurances over the planned use of the facility, Liu...
  • China developing `paralysis warfare'

    10/08/2003 11:43:19 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 23 replies · 735+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 10.08.03 | Brian Hsu
    China developing `paralysis warfare'By Brian HsuSTAFF REPORTER Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003,Page 1 China's military is changing its strategy from deterrence to pre-emption, planning to use "paralysis warfare" against Taiwan in the future, the Ministry of National Defense said in a report delivered to the legislature's defense committee yesterday. "Paralysis warfare features Web-based information warfare, saturation ballistic missile attacks, joint precision strikes and seizure of the enemy's capital city by special operations units," the report says. "Such tactics will become a major option for the Chinese military in its choice of modes of attack against Taiwan in the future," it says....
  • Superbomb ignites science dispute (Got Hafnium?)

    09/27/2003 10:05:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 1,618+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 9/27/03 | Keay Davidson - SF Chronicle
    <p>The Pentagon's pursuit of a new kind of nonnuclear super-weapon has sparked a behind-the-scenes revolt among its elite scientific advisers, some of whom reject the scheme as pseudoscience.</p> <p>The military's goal is to develop a bomb that might be far more powerful than existing conventional weapons of the same size. Precisely targeted, such a weapon could take out targets -- such as underground caverns that conceal weapons of mass destruction -- without posing the severe political risks of using nuclear bombs.</p>
  • United States Penalizes Chinese Firm for Exporting Missile Technology

    09/20/2003 12:24:48 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 8 replies · 492+ views
    NTI Global Security Newswire ^ | 9/20/2003 | Mike Nartker
    WASHINGTON — The United States has imposed sanctions against a Chinese firm for alleged missile technology sales, according to a notice published today in the Federal Register (see GSN, July 30). Last month, the United States determined that the state-owned China North Industries Corp. (Norinco) had engaged in missile technology proliferation activities, according to the notice (see GSN, July 3). Under the sanctions, which take effect today, Norinco will be prohibited from importing items controlled by the Missile Technology Control Regime annex or the Export Administration Act of 1979 and from entering into contracts with Washington relating to such items...
  • Senate Funds Nuclear Weapon Research in Approving Energy Bill

    09/17/2003 7:28:23 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 1 replies · 422+ views
    NTI Global Security Newswire ^ | 9/17/2003 | NTI Staff
    The U.S. Senate yesterday approved the Bush administration’s full request for research into new types of nuclear weapons, rejecting a Democratic effort to eliminate funding for those and other nuclear weapon activities (see GSN, Sept. 16). The Senate voted 53-41 to reject an amendment offered by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) that would have eliminated $21 million requested by the Bush administration to explore earth-penetrating and low-yield nuclear weapons. Their amendment would also have delayed site selection for a new plutonium “pit” production facility and ended an effort to reduce the time needed to prepare for resuming...
  • Freeper prayer request for Ernest_at_the_Beach (Update: His wife has since passed away)

    08/28/2003 4:56:10 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 594 replies · 1,081+ views
    August 28, 2003
    Dear Freeper prayer warriors, please keep Ernest_at_the_Beach and his wife in your prayers. From Ernest_at_the_Beach | 08/28/2003: Just to let you know that my wife (Kathy ) is now in her final days. Her pain in the last few months from the cancer was constant and unrelenting . The last several months had been very difficult as she was unable to eat well and not able to eat at all for the last several weeks. God will be merciful soon and relieve her of the misery of the dreaded disease! Prayers would be appreciated!
  • US vs Pyongyang: Watch Rumsfeld

    04/23/2003 10:56:41 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 11 replies · 482+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 4.24.03 | Phar Kim Beng
    US vs Pyongyang: Watch RumsfeldBy Phar Kim Beng HONG KONG - As talks finally get under way between the United States and North Korea, the latter, which has made obstinacy and diplomatic misbehavior an art form, would do well to keep in mind the growing influence and staying power in Washington of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. With the US victory in Iraq all but declared, barely a year after a previous triumph in Afghanistan, Rumsfeld's influence has increased by several notches. Together with other neo-conservatives who urged the Iraq war, "Rummy", as he is affectionately known in Washington, is...
  • It's the Big One (MOAB actually fits in a B-2; various tech/geek details)

    03/25/2003 1:17:17 AM PST · by Timesink · 18 replies · 1,054+ views
    Aviation Week & Space Technology ^ | March 16, 2003 | David A. Fulghum
    It's the Big OneBy David A. Fulghum The U.S. Air Force has tested its new 10-ton Massive Ordnance Air Blast Weapon to much fanfare, but the service purposefully left the impression that it was a bomb to be dropped only from cargo aircraft for special operations missions. In fact, the 21,500-lb, all-weather, precision-guided bomb, called MOAB or sometimes the "mother of all bombs," has been sized for carriage by the B-2 stealth bomber and is equipped with stubby wings at mid-body and four large lattice fins as part of its tail kit. The fin design was first used extensively by...
  • U.S. Fears Al Qaeda Cyber Attacks (A MUST-READ)

    06/26/2002 3:56:37 PM PDT · by Timesink · 111 replies · 930+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 26, 2002 | Barton Gellman
    [...]Unsettling signs of al Qaeda's aims and skills in cyberspace have led some government experts to conclude that terrorists are at the threshhold of using the Internet as a direct instrument of bloodshed. The new threat bears little resemblance to familiar financial disruptions by hackers responsible for viruses and worms. It comes instead at the meeting points between computers and the physical structures they control.By disabling or taking command of floodgates in a dam, for example, or of substations handling 300,000 volts of electric power, U.S. analysts believe an intruder could use virtual tools to destroy real-world lives and property....
  • Technical Analysis of World Trade Center Building Collapse

    06/08/2002 9:49:31 AM PDT · by pttttt · 3 replies · 387+ views
    FEMA ^ | recent 2002 | FEMA
    A lot of long pdf downloads, only posting the link for anyone who might be interested. Very fact-loaded. Very interesting if heartbreaking reading even with a cold analytical writing style. A point it makes is that both 767's banked steeply right before impact, hence widening the damage to more floors. I wonder if the flight schools with the trainers save session tapes or disks; it would be interesting to see if the hijackers practiced this move. A good bit of vicious brainpower seems to have gone into it.
  • Rapid-fire Metal Storm technology usurps Crusader

    05/13/2002 10:51:49 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 689+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, May 14, 2002 | By Arnaud de Borchgrave
    <p>A new type of ballistic technology that can fire more than 1 million rounds per minute from a 36-barrel weapon is one of the reasons Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has canceled the $11 billion Crusader artillery system.</p> <p>The technology is known as "Metal Storm," which is also the name of the Australian research and development company that owns it.</p>
  • 'Metal Storm' weapons may replace Crusader

    05/12/2002 9:24:18 AM PDT · by greydog · 73 replies · 887+ views
    UPI Wire ^ | 5/12/2002 12:01 PM | UPI Editor At Large
    WASHINGTON, May 12 (UPI) -- EXCLUSIVE A new ballistic technology that can fire burst rates in excess of one million rounds per minute from a 36-barrel weapon was one of the reasons Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld canceled the $11 billion Crusader artillery system. The technology is known as "Metal Storm," which is also the name of the Australian research and development company that owns it. The fastest weapons today are mechanical Gatling gun styles that can fire at the rate of some 6,000 rounds per minute. Infantry rifles average 600 rounds, which is the firing rate for a magazine of...
  • Sunk Costs Sink Innovation

    05/03/2002 9:10:31 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 2 replies · 564+ views
    Naval PROCEEDINGS magazine | May 2002 | Captain Terry C. Pierce
    The tactical component network could be a great leap forward in linking warfighting forces—if given a chance. Our warfighting admirals are at risk of losing a dramatic technological innovation. Using advanced information networking concepts and Internet-age technology, the tactical component network (TCN) outperforms the cooperative engagement capability (CEC) device by sharing radar-tracking data while allowing more participants to function within the network. Unfortunately, CEC product champions, arguing that the Navy already has invested more than $2 billion in CEC over 15 years, have dismissed TCN from consideration.1 The Navy instead will rush to install the CEC system as soon...
  • CEC Provides Theater Air Dominance

    05/03/2002 9:04:26 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 1 replies · 359+ views
    Naval PROCEEDINGS magazine ^ | May 2002 | Rear Admiral Phil Balisle, U.S. Navy, and Captain Tom Bush, U.S. Navy
    The cooperative engagement capability nets together sensors and fire control systems to counter both aircraft and increasingly capable missiles today—and offers the potential for a joint tracking network to enable a single integrated air picture in the future. Operating in the littoral, often amid merchant and civilian shipping, with sensors masked by landmasses and urban environs, will pose an enormously complex warfighting challenge. The proximity of land, with its opportunities for cover and deception, will afford an adversary the advantage of surprise and short ranges and times of flight. Battle space and engagement timelines will be reduced, response times...
  • Ultimate intent: Identify and track people in urban environments.

    04/22/2002 5:01:44 AM PDT · by survivalforum.com · 3 replies · 272+ views
    Sandia National Laboratories ^ | April 22, 2002 | Neal Singer - Sandia Labs
    April 22, 2002 Developing Short And Long Term Antiterrorist Approach Networked sensors to detect the movement of hostile forces and materials -- and longer-term approaches for changing the environment in which terrorism breeds -- are being developed at Sandia National Laboratories. Long-term fixes also include new ideas for monitoring borders, materials and agents. In the near term, dozens of Sandia researchers over the next few months will develop sensor systems that identify and track large objects such as missile launchers in a desert environment. The ultimate intent over the next few years is to link hundreds of sensors that will...
  • Prototype Missile Shield Site by 2004, Says Pentagon

    04/15/2002 6:52:36 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 3 replies · 282+ views
    NEWSMAX ^ | 4/16/02 | Dave Eberhart
    When authorizing the new Missile Defense Agency, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced he wanted to field initial elements of the overall "layered” system in the 2004-2008 time frame. Pentagon officials now say they are optimistic about opening a prototype hit-to-kill ballistic missile defense site in Alaska by October 2004, according to the New York Times. "It is becoming increasingly clear and we are becoming increasingly confident that we will be able to make hit-to-kill work reliably enough to be effective,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. Ronald T. Kadish, chief of the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency. Pentagon officials said work would...
  • Success of 4 Tests Prompts Pentagon to Predict a Missile Shield Site by Fall 2004

    04/14/2002 5:50:44 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 5 replies · 276+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 04/15/2002 | JAMES DAO
    WASHINGTON, April 14 — Buoyed by four successful missile defense tests in a row, senior Pentagon officials say they are on schedule to open a rudimentary missile shield site in Alaska by the fall of 2004. Just last summer, the Pentagon was expressing at best a guarded optimism about its antimissile program, which had had a string of failures. Since then, prototype interceptors have scored four consecutive direct hits on targets, three of them long-range ballistic missiles.Now, senior officials say, they have much greater confidence that their main antimissile technology, known as hit-to-kill, has turned a developmental corner. They say...
  • US looks to create robo-soldier

    04/12/2002 6:32:09 AM PDT · by It'salmosttolate · 23 replies · 575+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 10 April, 2002 | By Jane Wakefield
    US looks to create robo-soldier{WELCOME TO THE NWO} Today's soldiers carry tons of equipment By Jane Wakefield BBC News Online technology staff The soldier of the future could be able to leap buildings, heal his own wounds, deflect bullets and become invisible. These are just some of the futuristic plans of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which has been selected by the US army to create the battlefield equivalent of Robocop. The $50m research centre will be known as the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN). Among the goals of the newly-created ISN will be gadgets that can heal soldiers,...
  • US exploring idea of nuclear-tipped interceptors

    04/11/2002 1:55:35 AM PDT · by kattracks · 38 replies · 501+ views
    AFP | 4/11/02
    The Pentagon is studying the possible use of nuclear-tipped interceptors in a national missile defense system, The Washington Post said quoting experts.Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld encouraged the Defense Science Board to explore the idea in a future study on alternative approaches to intercepting enemy missiles," board chairman William Schneider told the daily in an interview."We've talked about it as something that he's interested in looking at," Schneider said. President George W. Bush in December withdrew from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia to allow the development of a controversial missile defense system that would destroy enemy nuclear missiles...
  • Continue the Sea-Based Terminal-Phase Missile Defense Program

    04/08/2002 4:19:44 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 5 replies · 492+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 12/19/01 | Baker Spring
    Key Issue: ABM-Missile Defense Continue the Sea-Based Terminal-Phase Missile Defense Programby Baker Spring Link to: | PDF (69k) | No. 797 December 19, 2001  Produced by the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies Published by The Heritage Foundation 214 Massachusetts Ave., N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002-4999 (202) 546-4400http://www.heritage.org On December 14, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Edward C. Aldridge announced that the Department of Defense is canceling the Navy's missile defense program for protecting small areas such as port facilities. This program-until recently known as the Navy Area-Wide (NAW) program-was designed to destroy attacking missiles in...
  • USS Kitty Hawk Tests New Missile System

    04/03/2002 7:29:22 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 3 replies · 378+ views
    Pacific Stars and Stripes | April 3, 2002 | Joseph Giordono
    YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — In preparation for its upcoming deployment, the USS Kitty Hawk has become the first aircraft carrier in the Navy to test a new defensive missile system. The Rolling Airframe Missile, or RAM, is designed to shoot down incoming threats. The ship, which spent three months in the Arabian Sea last fall participating in Operation Enduring Freedom, is expected to return to the same area for a five-month deployment this spring. An initial test firing on March 21 was designed to see if the new system would harm the superstructure of the ship. A second testing...
  • Earth-Penetrating Nukes May Not Violate Restrictions, Says DOE Official

    04/03/2002 7:28:21 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 7 replies · 369+ views
    Aerospace Daily | April 3, 2002 | Sharon Weinberger
    The Pentagon's interest in repackaging existing nuclear payloads on earth-penetrating weapons may not violate the 1994 congressional ban on developing new nuclear weapons, according to Gen. John A. Gordon, the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and undersecretary of energy for nuclear security. The Department of Defense is interested in concepts that could fit its requirement for defeating hard and deeply buried targets, including the use of repackaged nuclear weapons, Gordon told defense reporters in Washington April 2. "There is, as you know, an effort that came out of [the Department of] Defense to look at a strengthened...
  • Tech Power Alters War's Mission

    04/03/2002 7:00:29 AM PST · by hchutch · 4 replies · 325+ views
    WIRED News via Lycos ^ | April 3, 2002 | Steve Kettman
    The White House has been stymied so far in making a compelling case to take military action against Iraq. But according to a retired Air Force colonel who played a key role in shaping U.S. military strategy in the first Gulf War, the issue of what technological advances mean for modern warfare has muddied the dialog. In fact, the radically improved capabilities of air power require a major perspective shift that actually tries to spare the lives of enemy troops and concentrate on making precision strikes against infrastructure, according to John Warden. "If we look back at the Gulf War,...
  • Long-Range Guns Still Have A Place In The 21st Century War (REPOST)

    04/02/2002 9:22:01 PM PST · by DieselBoy · 13 replies · 844+ views
    Marine Lt.Gen. Emil Bedard recently stated: "The kind of fire support that the Marines need for maneuver ashore in the littorals is not the tactical Tomahawk, it's the kind that comes from a gun. We don't have it…We have a hard requirement for a gun. We are not going to fall off that requirement." Despite the Navy's successful firing of Alliant Techsystems' (ATK) 5-inch autonomous naval support round (ANSR) to a range of 51 nautical miles, its 25-pound-combined high explosive/tungsten fragments payload remains ineffective against tanks and other hard targets. Navy destroyer magazines are too small to stow a sufficient...
  • MIT to develop high-tech body suit for U.S. military

    04/01/2002 9:44:27 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 434+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, April 2, 2002 | By Ellen Sorokin
    <p>Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will soon create uniforms that will shield U.S. soldiers from bullets and poison gas, heal wounds and allow them to leap over 20-foot walls.</p> <p>MIT won a U.S. Army competition for a $50 million contract to develop an Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, where the uniforms will be created within the next five years. A total of 100 students and 35 professors from MIT's schools of engineering, science and architecture and planning will begin the project next month.</p>
  • Fast Catamaran Deploying To Persian Gulf For War-Related Ops

    04/01/2002 8:28:11 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 3 replies · 333+ views
    Inside The Navy | April 1, 2002 | Randy Woods
    The Army will deploy the leased Joint Venture (HSV-X1) high-speed catamaran to the Persian Gulf for operations in the war on terrorism, a departure from the vessel's previous experimental activities, sources said last week. Following the Navy's scheduled handover of the vessel to the Army March 20 in southern Spain, the ground service has been working to modify the ship and train Army sailors for deployment to the Persian Gulf, where it will participate in activities related to the war on terrorism, sources said. Though sources declined to provide the ship's date of deployment, they said the move from Spain...
  • B-1 is tailor-made for Operation Enduring Freedom

    03/29/2002 6:37:50 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 28 replies · 789+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 03/29/02 | Tech. Sgt. Tim Dougherty
    03/29/02 - WASHINGTON -- It has been called the "monster truck" of the U.S. bomber fleet. It flies low, fast and long distance, and has the largest payload of any bomber, including the B-52 Stratofortress. For Operation Enduring Freedom, it has been the B-1B Lancer that has done the lion's share of the work, dropping nearly 40 percent of the ordnance, while flying only 5 percent of the strike sorties. "The picture that is etched into my mind about the B-1 is the picture of an Afghan mountainside and a string of (GBU-31/32 joint direct attack munitions) marching down a...
  • What's Next For Navy Missile Defense

    03/29/2002 1:36:34 PM PST · by Paul Ross · 9 replies · 501+ views
    Aviation Week & Space Technology ^ | December 14, 2001 | Robert Wall and David A. Fulghum
    What's Next For Navy Missile Defense ROBERT WALL and DAVID A. FULGHUM/WASHINGTON The Pentagon's decision to kill the Area-Wide ballistic missile defense program opens the door for competitors to propose a new approach to enable the Navy to eventually field a point-defense missile shield. The program cancellation is good news for other Pentagon projects that stand to receive some of Area Wide's money. High on the list is the Airborne Laser project, which is slated to get about $70 million this year alone. Another beneficiary would be Aegis radar improvements that aren't related to ballistic missile defense. Navy Area development,...
  • Missile Defense's New Look To Emerge This Summer

    03/29/2002 1:26:47 PM PST · by Paul Ross · 3 replies · 422+ views
    Aviation Week & Space Technology ^ | 3/25/02 | Robert Wall
    Aviation Week & Space Technology: March 25, 2002 Missile Defense's New Look To Emerge This Summer ROBERT WALL/WASHINGTON Airborne Laser, other projects get makeover as Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty restrictions fall by the wayside The Pentagon's plans for an expanded anti- missile shield should crystallize this summer when a recently anointed team of industry experts is to express its views on a new missile defense architecture. Senior Defense Dept. officials have been busy, in recent months, creating a new management and oversight structure for missile defense endeavors. Moves included establishing two industry panels-- one led by Boeing focused on system engineering...
  • Rise and Fall of a Navy Missile Interceptor, Hit by Delay and Cost Overruns, Was Grounded

    03/28/2002 4:30:09 PM PST · by Paul Ross · 15 replies · 379+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 3/28/02 | Bradley Graham
    Rise and Fall of a Navy Missile Interceptor, Hit by Delay and Cost Overruns, Was Grounded By Bradley Graham Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, March 28, 2002; Page A03 When the Bush administration canceled a decade-old program to launch missile interceptors from ships, the Navy and prime contractor Raytheon Co. were shocked. Rarely do major new weapons systems get eliminated after years of development. Though still unproven and despite a history of delays and cost overruns, the sea-based system had several things going for it. The Pentagon had poured more than $2.4 billion into developing it. The project enjoyed strong...
  • Sudden impact in space

    03/27/2002 9:30:08 PM PST · by green team 1999 · 1 replies · 259+ views
    bbcnews.com | march-27-2002 | By Dr David Whitehouse Online science editor
    Wednesday, 27 March, 2002, 16:41 GMT Sudden impact in space Heading for the edge of space, the interceptor takes off By Dr David Whitehouse BBC News Online science editor The United States has released details of its latest test involving the interception of a missile target in space, part of what used to be called the Star Wars project. It took place over the central Pacific Ocean on 15 March when a modified Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The prototype interceptor was launched 20 minutes later 7,725 kilometres (4,800 miles) away...
  • Government asks federal labs to develop underground nuclear bomb

    03/25/2002 6:26:51 PM PST · by flyover · 16 replies · 474+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | DAN STOBER
    Government asks federal labs to develop underground nuclear bomb By DAN STOBER San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Pentagon and the Energy Department have directed the nation's nuclear weapons laboratories in Livermore, Calif., and Los Alamos, N.M., to compete for the chance to design a hydrogen bomb that could destroy targets underground. To the dismay of arms-control proponents, the Bush administration is advocating such weapons — which would slam into the earth at high speed and then explode underground — as a means of attacking command bunkers or biological and chemical weapons facilities possibly buried in such...
  • Labs told to design burrowing bombs

    03/24/2002 10:46:34 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies · 557+ views
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | Sun, Mar. 24, 2002 | Dan Stober
    <p>The Pentagon and the Energy Department have directed the nation's nuclear weapons laboratories in Livermore and Los Alamos to compete for the chance to design a hydrogen bomb that could destroy targets underground.</p> <p>To the dismay of arms-control proponents, the Bush administration is advocating such weapons -- which would slam into the earth at high speed and then explode underground -- as a means of attacking command bunkers or biological and chemical weapons facilities possibly buried in such places as Iraq, Iran or North Korea.</p>
  • New Flying Machine For Spies

    03/21/2002 12:06:54 AM PST · by antidemocommie · 4 replies · 581+ views
    cryptome.org ^ | 3/2/02 | by Max Glaskin
    cartome.org20 March 2002 Source: http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99991859 Disc-shaped spyplane could hunt for terrorists New Scientist12:25 04 February 02 by Max GlaskinSiMiCon Rotor Craft (SRC) What looks like a flying saucer, takes off like a helicopter and flies like a plane? The next remote-controlled surveillance aircraft on the hunt for terrorist fugitives like Osama bin Laden, apparently.Pilotless aircraft came into their own in the Afghan conflict, greatly reducing casualties in US Air Force and ground troops on both reconnaissance and attack missions. But today's uninhabited aerial vehicles, or UAVs, have big drawbacks: they need a runway, they are slow and they cannot hover....
  • Breaking the Small-Arms Technology Barrier

    03/19/2002 4:47:41 AM PST · by NMC EXP · 19 replies · 836+ views
    National Defense ^ | Dec. 2001 | Virginia Hart Ezell
    It has no moving parts. Yet, it can fire standard, small-caliber projectiles from multiple barrels at speeds up to one million rounds per minute. Is it still a gun? Its creators call it Metal Storm. No moving parts mean no jams in the traditional sense and a quiet operating mechanism. The high rate of fire is not just a function of the number of barrels. The cartridges are initiated with an electronic impulse. Building on earlier technology, successfully demonstrated over the past three years, Metal Storm continues to try to drag small arms technology—some might suggest kicking and screaming—into the...
  • Pentagon Report Discusses Nukes - John Pike posts national defense information on web

    03/18/2002 4:01:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies · 505+ views
    yahoo.com ^ | March 15, 2002 | ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer
    WASHINGTON - The military wants to develop nuclear bombs that could destroy - not just disturb - deeply buried and fortified underground targets, according to excerpts from a classified Pentagon report. The report, called the Nuclear Posture Review and completed in January, said more than 10,000 underground military facilities exist in more than 70 countries. About 1,400 of the underground facilities are considered specially important because they house weapons of mass destruction, ballistic missiles or top-level military command stations, the report said. "At present the United States lacks adequate means to deal with these strategic facilities," it said. The U.S....
  • Smash Hit: The power politics of missile defense

    03/18/2002 8:05:39 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 6 replies · 350+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 18, 2002 | John J. Miller
    riday's successful missile-defense test didn't receive an enormous amount of attention from the media, and what attention it did receive was grudging. Reporters seem to like it so much better when this system, meant to protect our cities from nuclear attack, fails. The short New York Times story on the test contains a single quote: "Our concern about these tests is that the American people are getting unrealistic expectations," said Chris Madison of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.Instead of appreciation for an incredible technological achievement — one with enormous practical benefits in a dangerous world, by the way...
  • Dressed for Combat - Outfitting the High-Tech Soldier

    03/17/2002 10:08:16 AM PST · by ppaul · 9 replies · 1,886+ views
    ABC News ^ | 3/17/02 | abcNEWS.com
    March 17 — The American soldier of the future may resemble something out of Star Wars. Their high-tech uniforms will be fitted with everything from navigation and water purifying systems to climate control. The combat gear under development at the Department of Defense relies on new technology to suit up future soldiers for battle in rough terrain and hostile environments, said Bill Machrone, the vice president of technology for PC magazine. It will also improve their chances of making it home alive, regardless of the conditions. "Most of the stuff that the Army has today is to fight in open...
  • Navy accelerates robot submarine plans

    03/17/2002 6:52:53 AM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 4 replies · 680+ views
    CNN ^ | March 17, 2002 Posted: 9:43 AM EST | AP
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) -- Elated by the success of unmanned spy planes over Afghanistan, the U.S. military is rushing ahead with plans to build a new fleet of "drones." This time, they're robot-controlled submarines.</p> <p>Cruising surreptitiously along a hostile shore, the sensor-packed U.S. Navy submarines would hunt mines and map coastlines ahead of an invasion force.</p>
  • More decoys, but missile still hits target

    03/16/2002 7:50:28 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 14 replies · 346+ views
    UPI ^ | 3/15/02 | Hil Anderson
    An interceptor missile ignored three decoys and knocked down the right target over the central Pacific Friday night in the latest test of the United States' complex and controversial missile defense system. The Pentagon said that the prototype interceptor that may one day defend the United States against nuclear attack sought out and destroyed a modified Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile launched from nearly 5,000 miles away in California. "The intercept took place approximately 10 minutes after the interceptor was launched, at an altitude in excess of 140 miles above the earth and during the midcourse phase of the target warhead's...
  • Soviet Weather Engineering over North America ?

    03/16/2002 2:13:00 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 17 replies · 931+ views
    Soviet Weather Engineering over North America This taped presentation, which was made in 1985, is included for historical reference purposes only.  Since then, the technology has been developed into more rigorous longitudinal EM wave interferometry, which is the exact nature of those earlier weather engineering weapons.  The foundations of scalar electro-magnetics are well explained in this presentation. U.S. Defence Secretary Cohen expresses concern about eco-terrorism using scalar electromagnetic weapons. "Others [terrorists] are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves... So there are plenty...
  • Sixth test of missile defense system adds two more decoys; 19 more tests planned

    03/15/2002 1:18:45 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies · 476+ views
    AP ^ | 3-15-02 | Matt Kelly
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) --  The latest test of a prototype anti-missile rocket is one of 20 increasingly complex trial runs for the system.</p> <p>Plans called for a dummy warhead launched Friday night from California to be smashed by an interceptor rocket fired from Kwajalein Atoll, a Pacific island near the equator. The dummy warhead was to drop three balloon decoys -- instead of the one used in the previous test -- to try to fool the interceptor, said Lt. Col. Rick Lehner, spokesman for the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency.</p>
  • The Next Test: Missile defense faces a new hurdle tonight

    03/15/2002 11:18:51 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 17 replies · 362+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 15, 2002 | John J. Miller
    here's a missile-defense test scheduled for tonight, and the stakes have never been lower.That's because the Pentagon, over the course of five previous tests, has built a body of evidence showing that national-missile-defense technology can in fact succeed. The kill vehicles hit their targets in three of the five tests; the two failures were the result of low-tech blunders that reveal almost nothing about the ultimate feasibility of missile defense. It's becoming ever more clear that missile defense will be a part of our future, if only we sustain the political will to deploy it.The enemies of missile defense no...
  • Nuclear Warhead Study Aims at Buried Targets

    03/15/2002 11:06:02 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 6 replies · 365+ views
    Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham told the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday that $10 million is being spent this year on a study of whether an existing nuclear warhead can be modified for use as an earth-penetrating weapon to destroy hardened underground targets. "This is a modification of a weapon . . . not the development of a new warhead," Abraham said. He said the Pentagon is also studying whether there are new ways to attack bunkers and other hardened targets with conventional weapons. Abraham assured the panel that no work is being done "at this point" on a new low-yield...
  • Return Of The Battle Blimps

    03/15/2002 9:04:08 AM PST · by green team 1999 · 19 replies · 1,299+ views
    popular mechanics ^ | march-14-2002 | BY JIM WILSON, Illustration by Mark McCandlish
    Return Of The Battle Blimps Operating at the edge of space, 21st century airships are the ultimate weapon in the war on international terrorism. BY JIM WILSON Illustration by Mark McCandlish Of the thousands of men who volunteered to fight in the Civil War, none offered their services with the panache of Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe. Suspended beneath a hydrogen-filled balloon floating 500 ft. above Washington, D.C., Lowe sent this message to President Lincoln: "Sir, I take great pleasure in sending you this first dispatch ever telegraphed from an aerial station." More than 140 years after that afternoon on June...