Military Advanced Research — The other day, I was talking to an individual who had a brilliant concept and innovation for a new medical device. It was something that could change the lives of millions of Americans, and increase the efficiency of therapeutic care. When I began to discuss this with him, I noted that the military had done quite a bit of research into same arena, and that some of that science was probably available as transfer technology.
However, when I mentioned this to him, he told me he didn’t want anything to do with the military. He didn’t want anything that he was doing to be used for war fighting equipment designed to hurt or even killed people. My immediate thought was; “why you ungrateful,” you know what.
But then I got to thinking about it, and that is his prerogative, it is his opinion, and we live in a free society which allows him to have that. I don’t condone his thinking on this as we must protect our nation, but I understand where it comes from, and I defend his right to express that opinion.
Still, I believe that military research, especially pure research should be increased by 10-fold. Now I suppose many liberals won’t like this concept, but I would submit to them that if they are reading this article online that is on the Internet, that they should consider the advanced research of the US military as it was responsible for creating the Internet the first place, because it wasn’t Al Gore as per popular belief. Look what the Internet has done for this country, for communication, and for our technologically advanced society.
Further, in the future we don’t know who our enemies will be, some might be state sponsored proxy terrorists, some might be countries with large militaries, or who knows we could get into a Cold War with China, Russia, or some other up-and-coming nation. We need to stay ahead of the curve, and as we do eventually those technologies transfer into the public sector.
Not long ago, a military analyst of research contracts noted that the “research agenda had not kept pace with shifts which are so great as to change the nature of how war can be conducted,” to which I myself totally agree, Okay so let’s address this.
You see, the military analyst has basically the same line of thinking here. And just as that famous quote; “the terrorists only have to be right one time, we have to be right all the time,” if we are to prevent a terrorist attack. I think that was Donald Rumsfeld who said that, and he is correct.
If we advance pure research for potential military purposes, what we learn today will be integrated into our technology in the future both in the public and private sector. This type of innovation research money is well spent. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.
The United States Air Force Research Lab is doing great things to help protect our nation. Electronic Warfare is becoming more of an imperative than just another choice of strategic weaponry. There has been quite a bit of talk over the years over the concept of EM Pulse weapons, although that idea comes with other problems such as, the need for all those electronics after the first strike is completed.
If the entire battlespace and surrounding cities go completely dark, then there are fewer chances for intercepting enemy communications for intelligence purposes.
Well, it appears that now there is a solution which will enable team USA to take out selective targets via electo-magnetic pulse. There was a great article in Gizmag on October 25, 2012 titled; “Knocks out electronic devices with a burst of energy,” by David Szondy.
This is great technology, and very much needed. However, since this device will cost the taxpayer’s millions of dollars, I’d like to add some additional capabilities. No, I am not suggesting we get in to endless “feature creep” demands as that just raises the costs quite frankly. But it would seem to me that we could consider a recovery system, for reuse.
Okay so, I suggest that this weapon needs a reliable recovery system. For instance fly to safe airspace and deploy a balloon from a compressed gas canister, then float away from the area via prevailing winds, then pick it up later by helicopter airborne capture. Plus, this system needs a self-destruct system if you cannot get it in time, or if it might be recovered in one piece by the enemy.
In that case, it needs to explode in a million pieces or have a warhead on it so once it’s mission is completed it simply flies to the final target for detonation as a smart munitions device.
Perhaps, it already has a self-destruct, if so that makes sense, if not, it needs one, just as our modern day highly sophisticated drones must. This system also should be deployable via B-52 bombers to get somewhat close and perhaps launch 5 or 6 of these per aircraft, this allows for maximum effectiveness creating a massive fog of war during the first strike.
Plus, it protects the next wave of sorties coming in for their targets. Such a one-two punch would offer a high percentage or success on any mission for the US Military. Remember, it’s about winning. That is what matters. So, those are the recommendations, I’d like to put forth at this time. Please consider all this and think on it.
A military satellite can be extremely beneficial but at the same time, there are a number of dangers to using them. There are a variety of reasons why the military decide to use satellites and sometimes have their own.
Satellites were considered all the way back in 1945. Arthur C Clark was able to explain the benefits behind using them. This mainly focused on the fact that messages could be sent from anywhere and to anywhere on the planet. This prediction was made over a decade before the devices were actually made and put into space and they are now used for a number of other reasons.
It is possible to make the devices move at the exact same speed as the Earth. When they stick at the equator, this means that they remain in the same place at all times. This makes them act like fixed transmission towers. With three of them working together, it can mean that anything can be broadcast at any point around the Earth and can also broadcast between each other to reach a larger distance.
There is no need to be in an area that is full of fix Earth-bound transmission towers. There are also people who can receive the information when they are in remote places, such as the middle of a desert or in the Arctic Circle. There is no need for the use of electricity because the satellite is able to produce all of the energy that is needed. This is all gained from solar power, which is extremely efficient when used in space since there are no clouds to stop the light from travelling.
The light does travel a long distance to get to the devices, which can weaken the intensity. However, the space is empty and very little passes through air. This is very unlike when the light passes through into land-based communication devices, which causes problems in bad weather.
The military is able to use two different types of satellites. The first is Geosynchronous Earth Orbits, which is shortened to GEO and the second is Low Earth Orbits, which is shortened to LEO. These both operate at different heights. The first is at just above 35,000 km above the Earth and the latter is from 50 km lower. By being closer to the Earth, LEOs are able to work better for pictures, which can benefit the military highly.
The military are able to use these devices as a way to communicate over long distances and even into the remote areas while also keeping an eye on all movement. This has been used during war time to help with seeing the enemy’s whereabouts and actions while also staying in communication with the soldiers or superiors.
It is amazing how much a military satellite has grown over time. In 1945, it was all predication over what one would be capable of. Now, they are used to keep in contact with soldiers while on operations where there is no electricity available and to get pictures at all times of the day and night and in all weather to remain one step ahead.
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Before civilians learnt to take GPS technology for granted, it was used primarily as a military application. It makes perfect sense, of course, because few fields rely on geographic positioning quite as much as the military. Some years ago two chaps, Rajat Baijal and Manoj K. Arora, wrote an extensive article on the military applications of GPS technology. They found six broad uses:
1) Navigation: According to the pair, the US military first became aware of the necessity of GPS devices in the first Gulf War when only about 1000 devices were initially issued and the total count for the war ended up being over 9000. They’re not only necessary for soldiers to find their way in enemy territory but also so that bases are aware of soldiers’ locations in case an emergency evacuation is needed, or an air raid is ordered.
2) Tracking: GPS systems can be used to track soldiers’ movements, convoys and enemy activity. GPS-related tracking technology is being improved all the time and is often used in conjunction with radio and computer technology to improve accuracy.
3) Weapon guidance: Harking back to the first Gulf War again, a lot was made about new technology that would allow missiles to be guided to pinpoint accuracy to eliminate civilian deaths. More than 20 years later and pinpoint accuracy is still a term to be taken with a lot of salt, but there is no doubt that GPS guided weapons play an important role in keeping down casualties.
4) Rescue: This could fall under navigation, as the two are closely related. GPS devices carried in backpacks or embedded in uniforms or other equipment can help rescue teams reach troops in distress quickly while keeping an eye out for approaching enemies.
5) Mapping: GPS scanning and positioning technology can be used to update maps quickly and accurately, so that commanding officers always know what the terrain looks like.
6) Facility management: This is related to mapping as it provides an accurate layout of military facilities, which makes base management much easier.
Time has marched on since Baijal and Arora wrote their article. For instance, just last month the smallest GPS receiver in the world was unveiled. The MicroGRAM GPS receiver comes to us from Rockwell Collins. It is 90% smaller than the company’s previously smallest receiver and will be able to be fitted to an even wider range of military equipment, including gun and laser scopes and unmanned aerial vehicles.
At the beginning of March 2011, Gizmag reported on new GPS-guided mortar munition capable of pinpointing targets up to 6.3km away. The new mortar rounds will be shipped to Afghanistan this month to help soldiers take aim at targets behind ridges and outcrops.