[ RadSafe ] Microwave Weapons
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Mon Sep 18 06:20:48 CDT 2006
Non-Lethal Pulse Weapons Await Testing Against Humans, Wynne Says
Aviation Week & Space Technology, 09/18/2006, page 21
Edited by David Bond
Use of non-lethal weapons--in particular, focused microwave beams from new
radars like those on the F-22 and F-35--still is under review by Pentagon
medical experts, says Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne. He vouches for the
operational effectiveness of high-power microwaves when employed against
people, but says the U.S. dare not apply them in combat without first having
proven their non-lethality in law enforcement use involving U.S. citizens.
"If the first people you use it on are the enemy, then. . . they will cry
out that you have hurt them medically," he says. "If we're not willing to
use [a high-power microwave weapon] here against our fellow citizens, then
we should not be willing to use it in wartime. I would be vilified in the
world press." As a result, Wynne says not to expect funding to develop
aircraft radars into high-energy pulse weapons until this issue is resolved.
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