Non-Lethal Devices: Military Spending

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).

7. “Calmatives”

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.

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5 Responses to “Non-Lethal Devices: Military Spending”

  1. Climatologist Says:

    So what are you saying? We can’t have a decent, moral, productive society without having to constantly kill each other and destroy people’s lives?

    Is that what you want to call an advanced species and be proud of it?

    I think it’s nonsense to take your hat off to the military because they made this and that. Think of all the amazing things we could do WITHOUT the military if we didn’t have spend and waste so much money feeding that stupid institution. What a waste.

  2. Climatologist Says:

    And what nonsense regarding the “annihilation threat” against the Israelis….let’s see 1 jew for every 200 palestinians…you’ve got some warped definition of annihilation I tell you.

  3. artaban7 Says:

    There’s an old saying, “Climatologist”; “Evil prevails when good men (and women) do nothing.”

    As long as there is evil in the world, it will be necessary to sometimes kill in order to preserve good. And you bet I’m proud of our men and women in the military who are courageous enough to defend freedom and combat evil even when some of the people they are defending persecute and revile them.

    C.S. Lewis, in his essay “Why I am not a Pacifist” contended that a society that does not take care to prepare for war will soon become a society conquered, oppressed, and made poor by those who care nothing for human decency. Without military spending, and the courage and integrity of brave soldiers, sooner or later you end up living in a country like Somalia or Zimbabwe, with the common people dirt poor, under the thumb of warlords or a tyrant.

    Do you really think it’s an accident that some of the civilizations hailed for bringing us the greatest achievements (technological, civic, artistic, economic) had strong militaries? Rome for instance (also known for the Pax Romana–the Roman Peace).

    As for your ridiculous comment insinuating Israel doesn’t live under threat of annihilation, you clearly know very little of Middle Eastern politics in the last 50 years. The various Arab states have been calling for Israel’s destruction for decades. Iran’s president is only the most recent.

    My “warped definition of annihilation” is only based on the literally thousands of threats and promises made by Arab leaders, newspapers, and radio over the years. They’re easy to find, and a matter of public record. I’ll confine my present citations to 1967 alone :

    “Every soldier in our army feels that Israel must be wiped off the map.” –Syrian Chief of Staff Salah Jadid

    “Our known objective is the freeing of Palestine and the liquidation of the Zionist existence there.” again, Syria.

    “We challenge you, Eshkol, to try all your weapons. Put them to the test; they will spell Israel’s death and annihilation.” Cairo Radio, as quoted in ” Jordan in the 1967 War” (Mutawi) pg. 88-89.

    We shall destroy Israel and its inhabitants and as for the survivors–if there are any–the boats are ready to deport them.” Ahmad al-Shuquayri (PLO chairman in early 1967), in a public speech, as reported by the BBC and in “Hussein Poteah be-Milhama” (Kamm) pg. 284-85.

    And try and find some of the cartoons Arab papers were running prior to June 1967. There’s one by “al-Jundi al-‘Arabi” depicting a pile of stacked skulls with stars of David on their foreheads. Maybe I’ll scan it in and post it, sometime.

    A little advice for you, “Climatologist”…Try doing your homework before you go running your mouth and displaying your ignorance for all the world to see. It might save you some embarrassment in the future 🙂 .

  4. DanDaly Says:

    Artaban7,
    The acoustic and visible light devices that you describe are nothing more than science fiction. It is true that there is currently research to determine if sound and light can be used as a non-lethal / less-lethal capability. Currently, visible green light “lasers” have demonstrated only a deterrent effect capability but not an “incapacitating” effect (nausea, vomiting, etc). Accounts that supposedly point to an incapacitating affect of either visible light and/or acoustic devices are anecdotal at best.

    Simply put, the brown note, yack light, etc have not yet proved a capability within the physical bounds of science.

    Oh yeah – hey Climatologist, we would wish to live in your pie in the sky utopia where everyone loves one another and everything is free and our only care is to decide which color of beautiful flowers we should grow in our front yard. How about this – you wish in one hand and defecate in the other and see which one fills up first.

    Meanwhile – I’ll keep training to kill all the evil bastards out there who want to rape your family, pillage your home and cut off your head simply because you are different from them and don’t believe the same things that they do.

    Don’t you understand how lucky you are to live in a country where only those who volunteer to fight are required to sacrifice and suffer for you and your family? I guess, in a way, you are already living as close to your vision of utopia as is possible in any country on earth, aren’t you?

    Semper Fidelis.

  5. artaban7 Says:

    Thank you for your service, DanDaly, and for the information.


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