Insight reports on military laser technology that “could destroy any weapon system without collateral damage”:
The laser could have tremendous repercussions on the battlefield, particularly in urban warfare in such countries as Afghanistan and Iraq. “It’s the kind of tool that could bring about victory within minutes,” an official said.
The applications of ATL could change military dynamics on the battlefield. Officials envision the laser being able to destroy or damage targets in an urban area with virtually no collateral damage. The range of ATL was expected to be 10 miles.
The project has been headed by Boeing Missile Defense Systems in a project with the U.S. Air Force. Boeing has already taken delivery of the aircraft and plans to modify the platform for the ATL program.
Let’s hear it for the Pentagon’s Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration program, Boeing, and whoever else is involved. The conventional wisdom is that in asymmetrical warfare, time is on the side of the primitives. That fails to take into account, however, that for us, the pace of technological improvement is constantly accelerating, whereas for them…there are only so many ways you can boil a goat in a cave.
Via Austin Bay.