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Tue Feb 2, 2021, 02:29 PM

The Defense Department Wants To Outfit Troops With Microwave Weapon Detectors

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Dan Vergano BuzzFeed News Reporter
Feb. 2, 2021

After being dismissed for decades, microwave weapons are beginning to be viewed as a serious military threat — prompting the Defense Department to issue a request to outfit US soldiers with detectors for what it called “a growing threat on the battlefield.”

The weapons, some of which cause burning sensations, have already been considered for use on US soil. In June, a federal police officer had requested a truck-sized microwave heat ray to disperse Black Lives Matter protests. The Trump administration considered using that same device against asylum seekers in 2018.

Now, the Defense Department wants US soldiers outfitted with microwave weapon detectors. That was laid out in a Dec. 9 contract solicitation for “a low cost, low weight, small size wearable radio frequency (RF) weapon exposure detector,” specifying high-frequency microwaves, that came from the Defense Department’s Defense Health Program.

The Defense Department’s interest in detecting microwave weapons comes as Israel, China, and Russia are reportedly inventing their own versions of a microwave heat ray “Active Denial System” that the US pioneered two decades ago. The US continues to develop the technology: An Air Force Research Laboratory is rolling out a “counter-swarm electromagnetic weapon,” called THOR, to fry drones in mid-flight. A Navy microwave weapon prototype mounted on a standard gun mount was unveiled in 2018. The need to disable drones became more real with the autumn war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which the former won with fleets of drones decimating the latter’s defenses.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/danvergano/defense-department-microwave-weapon-detector

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Wicked Blue Feb 2021 OP
soothsayer Feb 2021 #1
underpants Feb 2021 #2
soothsayer Feb 2021 #3
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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 02:32 PM

1. Bags of popcorn might do it

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 02:33 PM

2. Hot pockets

Hoooooottttt pockets

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Response to underpants (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 02:35 PM

3. Memorable jingle! Mine has an audible warning tho

I think popcorn is the way

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 02:36 PM

4. Use jackets with pockets filled with Orville Redenbacher popcorn.

Not only will the soldiers be warned of the microwave attack, they'll also be rewarded with a tasty treat once they destroy the weapon.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 02:38 PM

5. We need weapons that fire aluminum foil

That should shut them down.

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Tue Feb 2, 2021, 04:13 PM

6. LOL - "pop (corn) rocks" experimentation on rats

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