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The middle years of the Cold War were, in many ways, a Silver Age of bad weapons ideas — from nuclear bazookas to one-man “aerocycles.” But this has to be just about the worst I’ve heard yet: Developing “biological agents” — including ones that can lead to “inflammation of the brain, coma and death” — […]

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Pain Beam Not Easily Foiled

by david_axe on December 29, 2006

My recent pieces on the Active Denial System (ADS) or pain beam sparks discussions here and elsewhere on the web. One of the most common challenges to the device is that the beam of short-wavelength microwaves could easily be blocked with tinfoil. Its not that easy. Captain Jay Delarosa, spokesman for the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons […]

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Could new weapons stun or paralyze with a beam of radio energy? I have discussed proposals for bioelectromagnetic wepaonry in DefenceTech before, here and here, but for the first time details are emerging of Air Force-sponsored work in this field. I have a piece in ther TechWatch section of this months Popular Mechanics magazine exploring […]

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I was clearing out my in-box when I noticed this note: EDITORS ALERT: The American Forces Press Service recalls the article titled DoD Officials Urge Use of Non-lethal Weapons in Terror War by Jim Garamone, published Sept. 27, 2006. The article contains inaccurate information and should not be used. Usually, news services correct innacurate information. […]

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Pain Ray, R.I.P.?

by noahmax on September 13, 2006

For years, the Air Force Research Lab, along with the Joint Nonlethal Weapons Directorate, has been working on a microwave-like pain ray, to keep potential rioters at bay. And for years, we’ve been hearing that this so-called “Active Denial System” — which penetrates 1/64th of inch beneath the skin, activating pain receptors, and sparking serious […]

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