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Monday, September 09, 2019

The Pentagon is shelving a directed-energy program it was hoping to use in space to destroy enemy intercontinental ballistic missiles in their boost phase.

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nstead, the DoD will need to focus on directed-energy and laser programs that can produce more power and be tested and executed faster on space platforms and aircraft, Griffin said, adding that his department is investing more research into high-powered microwaves.

The Defense Department was hoping to use neutral particle beam (NPB) weapons as space-based anti-missile systems to dismantle ICBMs in their boost phase shortly after takeoff. The Pentagon first tested an NPB concept in 1989 as part of an experiment called Beam Accelerator Aboard a Rocket, or BEAR, according to DefenseOne.

Neutral particle beams aren't lasers, but operate in similar ways. They use subatomic particles to achieve effects, or "beams composed of accelerated subatomic particles traveling at near-light speed," DefenseOne reported. Laser photons travel at light speed.

Neutral particle beams also travel "in straight lines" and cannot be impaired by electromagnetic fields, according to DefenseOne.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-09-08 08:03 AM | Reply

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump called for the best cutting-edge missile defense weapons and systems as Pentagon officials unveiled the long-delayed Missile Defense Review, the DoD's blueprint to address how the U.S. can best defend against missile threats from around the world.

"We will ensure that enemy missiles know no sanctuary on Earth or in the skies above," Trump said during a speech before service secretaries, lawmakers, troops and press in the Pentagon auditorium Jan. 17.

The MDR was originally due late 2017.
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Everything's fine now.

The DOTARD is on top of it!

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-09-08 08:04 AM | Reply

I thought Ronnie Ray-Gun had this all wrapped up in the Star Wars project.

#3 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-09-08 09:13 AM | Reply

the Star Wars project.

Those particle beams were not neutral... they were thinking of shooting charged particles. The beam would have been bent by earth's magnetic field so those were only to be used by orbiting space platforms or fighter-shuttles.

These are neutral particles without a charge.

#4 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-09-08 09:20 AM | Reply

The thing that had the best chance of working (even today) were two concepts.... "smart pebbles" and "x-ray lasers powered by an exploding H-bomb" (proposed by Edward Teller).

In fact the last one has a 100% chance of working. No doubts there.

#5 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-09-08 09:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That's odd. Energy weapons are the wave of the future and impossible to defend against.

#6 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-08 10:27 AM | Reply

So our directed-energy weapm program just went dark. Cool. I'll bet it can melt Mars.

If we built two one megawatt beam lasers and aimed them at a right angle, we could look at the interference pattern they create and precisely determine if space-time vibrates below the Planck length.

#7 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-09-08 11:57 PM | Reply

The problem was cooling them. I guess we figured it out. Laser emitting diodes still generate heat if you have a billion of them. Or maybe we are something completely different from the '47 shootdown or whatever.

#8 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-09-09 12:10 AM | Reply

The money was probably needed for Trump's vanity wall.

OCU

#9 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-09-09 01:11 AM | Reply

#9 Nah, he only stole that money from the veteran's and the families of soldiers for non-essential things like retirement, housing and schools.

#10 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-09-09 06:29 AM | Reply

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I guess they were afraid they might cross the streams.

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-09-09 01:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Wonder how Putin conveyed his orders to Trump?

#12 | Posted by danni at 2019-09-09 01:30 PM | Reply

But hey, a Mexican wall will stop any missiles, well as long as they are flying at 50 ft. or less.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2019-09-09 01:31 PM | Reply

"Energy weapons are the wave of the future and impossible to defend against."

Mirrored or ablative surfaces?

We punch holes through the atmosphere with spacecraft all the time at high temperatures.

It will cost more but not impossible I think.

#14 | Posted by dibblda at 2019-09-09 11:10 PM | Reply

That's odd. Energy weapons are the wave of the future and impossible to defend against.
#6 | POSTED BY GOATMAN AT 2019-09-08 10:27 AM

Or, they have already been perfected, are in space and on craft and this article is a lie regarding directed energy tools current evolution.

#15 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-09-10 12:49 AM | Reply

Yeah, when our directed energy project goes silent, it's working. Say hello to our Death Ray, bitch. Boots for ashtrays dictator. Don't drink that refreshing beverage on your back porch. We can even see what your reading.

#16 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-09-10 01:04 PM | Reply

#15

Well, we did announce stealth technology as "unworkable" in the early 1980s, so while I usually don't agree with your cover up claims this one has some credibility.

#17 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-09-10 01:26 PM | Reply

Two problems that directed energy weapons seem to have that they have not figured out how to get around. First is power. It takes an enormous amount of electricity to fire a laser powerful enough and that requires big generators, too big to put on an aircraft. Secondly pushing that much energy through a mechanism produces a great amount of heat, enough to burn the mechanism up. I am sure that they are still working on the system somewhere, land based.

#18 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-09-10 06:36 PM | Reply

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