24 February 2008

USAF Prepares for Coming War with Russia, China

The small wars the US is fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Horn of Africa, and other lesser known locations, are typically small unit wars fought against small units of loosely organised insurgent and terrorist groups. But the nature of the current hot wars fought by the US military says nothing about future conflicts with large nations of growing belligerency, such as China and Russia. The US Air Force (as well as the Army and Navy) must continue to train for conflict against battalion and division level units on land, sea, and in the air. That is where new energy weapons come in.
Boeing will support research, design, development and testing at Air Force Research Laboratory sites at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M. Specific efforts will include:

  • - Working to advance gas, hybrid electric-gas and chemical laser systems, as well as technologies related to high-power fiber lasers, fiber laser pumps, non-linear optics, solid-state lasers and diode-pump lasers.
  • - Coordinating, preparing and executing tests of laser effects.
  • - Rapid prototyping of directed energy technology, including semiconductor lasers, thin-disk lasers, ultra-short lasers, laser-based infrared countermeasures, and mid-wave and long-wave infrared lasers.
  • - Supporting the Laser Center of Excellence, a joint Department of Defense/academic program that partners the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Research Lab, Air Force Institute of Technology, University of New Mexico and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. The Center's efforts include gas, hybrid electric-gas and chemical laser systems.___Source
Other advanced energy weapons include advanced radio frequency and microwave weapons, particle beam technologies, high powered electromagnetic accelerator weapons being developed by the Navy.

The recent direct hit by a ship-launched missile on an errant spy satellite--in orbit--highlights the advanced level of weapons electronics incorporated into US weapons. And that technology was decades old. Imagine the type of weapons being tested in secret labs, waiting in the queue for implementation into actual weapons systems. The high technology of US weapons systems is a nightmare to Russian defense planners, and an exciting spy opportunity for the CCP PLA defense planners.

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Blogger Snake Oil Baron said...

Good news. While democracy and prosperity will make the world safer in the long term, there will not be an immediate shortage of more conventional military threats. Russia will be looking to capitalize on these hot spots to gain political influence and markets for their weapon systems (as low rate supplier of last resort).

Sunday, 24 February, 2008  
Blogger Vladimir said...

In last few years Putin too often said about foreign enemis(USA, NATO) which are trying to destroy russia. I think it was made to mask our internal problems with corruption, crazy economy flooded with free oil-dollars, criminal, inflation...
but it is my opinion ant it can be very biased as I do not watch TV and spend too much time in internet.

Monday, 25 February, 2008  
Blogger al fin said...

Russia's latent greatness is dying, due to the criminals who have seized control of its government.

Instead of wasting Russia's resources building another generation of obsolete weapons, Putin should open and diversify Russia's economy to attract outside technology, investment, and expertise--somewhat like China is doing and has done.

No one wants to destroy Russia. China would like to take Siberia away--for its resources. US companies would like to see Russian markets develop, for mutual trade. Europe would like to see a peace-loving Russian nature take hold that was willing to join Europe.

Hanging over it all, is a shrinking population of ethnic Russians, and a rapidly growing population of muslim Russians in the Russian military and civilian sectors.

Monday, 25 February, 2008  

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