The Geeks of War: The Secretive Labs and Brilliant Minds Behind Tomorrow's Warfare Technologies
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"Wars are fought on the battlefield, but the technologies that enable 21st century warfare are developed in research laboratories. Within the walls of corporate, government, and academic labs, researchers are probing the edges of science to uncover technologies that will make warfare more efficient - and more deadly. This book looks at the people behind the curtain, and at the next generation of tactical, information, communication, vehicular, biological, and cryptographic systems. Featuring in-depth interviews with the project directors and scientists performing this groundbreaking research, "The Geeks of War" also examines their scientific, political, patriotic, and financial motives, as well as the implications these technologies may have for the future. Presenting the views of numerous respected military, business, and technology analysts, "The Geeks of War" takes readers inside America's leading military technology research facilities - exploring a clandestine world that few people ever see."
control—still in its testing phase—is being investigated at the University of Toronto. UT Edwards_c03.qxd 3/23/05 4:09 PM Page 79 EARLY WARNING 79 researchers have created a robot that features a motorized base and elevated speakers that play prerecorded phrases. The sounds are picked up by an array of microphones placed in the environment that locate the robot on a master computer’s virtual map. The computer then tells the robot where to move. If the robot encounters an object in its path
to today’s military leaders as it was to officers during the Napoleonic Wars. And just as horses and sailing vessels eventually gave way to motor vehicles, airplanes, and motorized ships, today’s transportation modes are destined to yield to an upcoming generation of high-tech mobility and logistics systems. Edwards_c05.qxd 3/23/05 4:11 PM Page 135 C H A P T E R F I V E MOVING AHEAD VEHICLES AND LOGISTICS supplies, and munitions from one place to another quickly and efficiently has always
Red Bank, New Jersey, and BBN Technologies of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to develop prototype systems for integration into the core optical networks of the Internet. Northwestern has filed a number of patents based on the technology developed at the university. MICROWAVES: BRINGING CONCEALED WEAPONS TO LIGHT Microwaves could provide a safe new way of finding hidden weapons and buried mines, thanks to research being conducted in the United Kingdom by a team of engineers and physicists at
which can be thought of as a single bar of a grocery store bar code. “When you’re looking for chemical or biological warfare agents, you’re going to want to search for thousands of different chemicals,” says Sailor. “Since the particles can be encoded for millions of possible reactions, it’s possible to test for the presence of thousands of chemicals at the same time.” The encoding that takes place in these particles provides colors that are so sharp—from the visible to the infrared—a laser can
by a Patriot missile on its way down, but its warhead functioned on impact nonetheless. So the navy’s goal in improving the effectiveness of its air defense warheads is to enable them to inflict enough damage on an incoming missile to destroy it at a safe distance. The Office of Naval Research is working toward this goal. ONR’s Reactive Materials Enhanced Warhead Program seeks to demonstrate missile warheads that achieve visible catastrophic structural defeat of cruise missiles and manned