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11 Jan 2012

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Next Generation Warfare Could Focus on High-Powered Microwave (HPM) and Directed Energy

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In the popular movie Ocean’s Eleven, George Clooney and his team hit pay dirt when they shut down the lights at the Bellagio to rob it. It was a highly effective tactic. According to Aviation Week, this same type of tactic could be employed by our U.S. military by using High Powered Microwave (HPM) and Directed Energy to shut down an enemy’s command and control center — without them even knowing what happened. Though as they pointed out, there is a steep educational curve when it comes to convincing both “decision makers both in and out of uniform to turn these technologies into operational weapons.”

Check out this video from Aviation Week that illustrates how this would work:

And, it is believed that this type of warfare will actually help save money because it debilitates the enemy without the big logistical investment of sending troops and equipment to the frontline. And, as Aviation Week points out, there is a class of problems that illustrates the need for high-power microwave (HPM) weapons. “An example is foes putting satellite communications and GPS navigation jammers — to lead precision weapons astray — on top of hospitals and schools. This type of target cannot be attacked with normal, conventional bombs, nor does it lend itself to lasers.”

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