I don’t subscribe to the prevalent propaganda that vilifies U.S. military spending as inherently evil. I don’t think facts support such a claim. In fact, when you really start doing the research, the technology that has been developed and produced by the military has saved many, many lives and formed the foundation for modern society. Why, the internet that we’re using right now exists because of DoD spending, just like the GPS system on your phone or car.
In today’s post, I thought I’d tease several military projects that bring us closer and closer to a time when police and the military can subdue dangerous individuals and fight wars in increasingly non-lethal ways. Cutting military spending would delay development of such devices, and prevent transitioning to a less lethal, destructive way of waging war. The people that hate military spending really don’t know what they’re doing.
1. The YackLight (that’s my name for it).
Cousin to the Maglight, this puppy uses ultra-bright, pulsating (environmentally friendly) LEDs to induce nausea and vomiting in the viewer. Effects vary by individual, and it doesn’t help at short-ranges or if the victim looks away, but its a start.
2. The Pulsed Energy Projectile.
In development for the Marines and Army, the Pulsed Energy Projectile (which I’ve seen under different names) has non-lethal capabilities. In fact, according to some reports they’ve already achieved the ability to temporarily blind hostiles from great distances–useful in combat and against snipers or vehicle operators.
3. Mobility Denial Systems.
Several of these are being developed in various forms. One system emits a microwave that disables all electronics on a vehicle, or could shut down a vehicle engine. Of course, that system doesn’t guarantee efficacy against modified for protected vehicles, or ensure the vehicle will safely roll to a stop. Two other MDS systems actively target the wheels themselves, with the goal of stopping the vehicle safely, without turnovers or crashes.
The X-Net Car Arrest system was developed because of Iraq, and the need to stop vehicles potentially driven by panicked, non-English speaking noncombatants, or by suicide bombers. The Army needed a nonlethal way to stop vehicles quickly, and developed a net that effectively does so. Another version uses a conspicuous white goo that is more slippery than ice, but also has applications for securing doors and other areas against human invaders/intruders.
4. Military Stink Bombs
This one’s not as far-fetched as the Air Force’s proposed “gay bomb” (a device filled with a theoretical aerosol “super-aphrodisiac” which would overpower combatants by triggering amorousness), or the “bee-bomb” (filled with a pheromone that would coat combatants and attract bees to attack them). The Army is working to develop an aerosol containing a combination of odors (since the brain adapts to a single odor) that would trigger the gag response, incapacitating or severely debilitating a foe. Such a device could be deployed en masse over an entire division or by hand grenade in urban warfare.
5. “The Scream”
Israeli in origin, the transmission of short-bursts of highly tuned sound make this device “unbearable…and covering your ears is no defense”. It’s not volume based (like being next to a concert speaker), but uses a frequency that disrupts the inner ear, and the body’s sense of balance and equilibrium. My admiration for the skill and the restraint of the Israelis–living with the daily threat of war and annihilation–only grows.
6. The Active Denial System, aka “The Pain Gun”
It’s already been all over the news, but it needs mentioning again, if for no other reason than to reflect poorly on the pacifists who oppose it anyway (they don’t want us killing people, but they don’t want us using invisible pain rays to control hostile riots or combatants either–honestly, stop being a bunch of douchebags and start living in the real world).
Still a system in need of development, calmatives are aerosol opiates based on Fentanyl derivatives (Carfentanil is an elephant tranquilizer). They suppress the body’s motor functions. Unfortunately, the dosing and delivery methods haven’t been perfected. It’s thought the Russians used this system in the recent hostage crisis with Chechen rebels. Tragically, the opiates were so powerful they killed over a hundred of the hostages, suspending respiratory functions to the point of death.