Chinese conducting weather warfare research
East-Asia-Intel.com, March 8, 2006
China’s military is examining closely the use of weather conditions in warfare, two Chinese military meteorologists reported last month.
Luo Jian, associate professor at the PLA University of Science and Technology, said that understanding and exploiting weather conditions played a key role in the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Asked about the "weather weapon," Wang Weimin, associate professor from the same university, said theories and experiments relating to "weather weapons" include man-made ozone holes, acid rainfall, man-manipulated ionospheres and man-altered storm paths.
Wang acknowledged that a 1977 international convention banned the metrological applications in warfare. However, he stated that all wars will have negative environmental impact anyway and that other countries have never stopped weather weapon research.
Wang said theoretical research on "weather weapons can be conducted but the actual use of the arms should not be taking lightly."
Luo Jian has conducted research on tropical weather, processing meteorological information and automation of military meteorological systems.
Wang has conducted research on studies of atmospheric physics, atmospheric environment and the space environment.
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Air Force Aims for Weather Control
Someday the U.S. military could drive a trailer to a spot just beyond insurgent fighting and, within minutes, reconfigure part of the atmosphere, blocking an enemy's ability to receive satellite signals, even as U.S. troops are able to see into the area with radar.
"This scenario may not be far away," says Defense Tech pal Sharon Weinberger in this month's edition of the always-excellent Defense Technology International.
An engineer with Research Support Instruments in Princeton, N.J. recently completed the first phase of work for a U.S. Air Force sponsored project called Microwave Ionosphere Reconfiguration Ground based Emitter, or Mirage. (scroll down)
The work involves using plasma — an ionized gas — to reconfigure the ionosphere. Mirage would employ a microwave transmitter on the ground and a small rocket that shoots chaff into the air to produce about a liter of plasma at 60-100 km. (36- 60 mi.) in altitude, changing the number of electrons in a select area of the ionosphere to create a virtual barrier. Ionosphere reconfiguration offers two major applications of interest to the military: bouncing radars off the ionosphere, also known as over-the-horizon radar, and the ability to jam signals from the Global Positioning Satellite system, according to John Kline, the lead investigator for Mirage.
This work is only the latest effort in Kline's more extensive investigations of atmospheric plasmas… Before Mirage, Kline had another contract for a project called Plasma Point Defense, which explored the possibility of using a plasma weapon on board a U.S. Navy surface vessel to protect against threats ranging from surface-to-surface missiles to mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.
In the past, NASA's fringe science arm has looked into tweaking Mother Nature, to throw hurricanes off their course. But those were just computer simulations. No one actually tried to go out a build some weather control machine.
if anyone has not paid attention we have had a very weird weather year. in fact it's been off the map. the record number of storms and hurricanes, the odd locales in which they form ( Hurricane Vince, Hurricane Catarina NOT KATRINA!!! ) and their ability to gain strength at night and over cooler water (unheard of!!) highlights that something is amiss.
global warming is the most logical explanation but direct input by humans can no longer be discounted.