Exeutive Intelligence Review November 30, 1982
In his EIR multi-client report, Beam Weapons: The Science to Prevent Nuclear War, Dr. Steven Bardwell describes the types of beam weapons on line for development. Each type, laser beams, particle beams, microwave beams, and plasma. beams, is, Bardwell states, "in principle capable of generating th.e required power and energy [to reach and disarm its target] in a form efficiently absorbed by the missile." A beam weapon effectively disarms a nuclear warhead. A hydrogen bomb can be detonated only by an initial powerful atomic-bomb explosion capable of setting off a chain reaction in the lithium-deuterium fuel. A beam weapon, by pumping energy into the very delicately balanced triggering mechanism, prevents the initial explosion and essentially turns the warhead into a "dud." The missile, like a satellite, might fall to the earth, but it can no longer be detonated.
Scientists agree that laser-defense battle stations, even with the lowest level of laser-beam technology, can be defended from other beam weapons themselves. But a missile cannot be effectively defended from the beam without such massive protection that it would lose both the necessary speed and distance. . . .
Cold War, Directed Energy Weapons, Electromagnetic Weapons, Lasers, Microwave, Particle Beam, Plasma Beam, Russia
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