Advancements in Directed Energy Weapons

August 21, 2013

This month’s issue of the Journal of International Security Affairs features a look at the history and future of US missile defense efforts.   It was 30 years ago that President Reagan outlined his vision for what became the Strategic Defense Initiative.  SDI has yet to come to fruition, but US defense researchers have been steadily working on a number of approaches.  Thirty years on, the most promising of those approaches are in the field of Directed Energy Weapons (DEW).  Most people will think of lasers when they hear “directed energy,” and no doubt there are many promising applications for lasers in the field, but particle beams and high powered microwaves also have applications.  Boeing’s new CHAMP missile, for example, uses high powered microwaves to create an electromagnetic pulse which destroys electrical systems – it can certainly blind ground control systems and conceivably even destroy on board guidance of incoming missiles.   Even in a time of difficult budget constraints, this is the type of research that the US military must pursue if it is going to continue its multiple security missions around the globe – the force is shrinking, so the capabilities have to grown.

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