"...of particular importance is basic reseach aimed at discovering still unknown attributes of matter, phenomena and the laws of nature, and
developing new methods for their study and use to reinforce the state's defense capability." - Proportion of a book by Marshall Grechko
Good technological defence is based on weapons superiority. The current balance of technological power for defence is based on intercontinental
nuclear missiles, satellite surveillance systems and heavily armed elite soldiers . Asymetrical information warfare decrease the importance of these
macrotechnological powertools. The access to weapons-grade uranium for tactical nukes, deadly viruses or samples of bacteria for biochemical warfare
or access to sensitive strategic industrial information to black-mail empower offensive individuals, terrorist groups and corrupt governments.
Technology has always been a wild card in defence analysis. The latest breakthroughs within bio and
nanotechnology is being converted and transfered for defence purposes. The shift from dependence on military hardware to dependence on scientists show
the diffusion of military power.
Todays nanotechnology will be common and widely distributed in a few years. Information warfare on the
internet is a precursor to how distributed high-technology warfare may be waged.
Wargames has for a long time been used to experience with defense theory. Rand researcher Calvin
Shipbaugh mention huge components like "gigantic tilt rotors, cavernous strategic-lift vehicles, and island sized-staging structures" being used in
the latest Army After Next (AAN) wargame. Information concerning concept models for future defence technology has always been secret. Keep in mind
how both quantum and electromagnetic weapons technology only exists on fringe conspiracy-type websites.
Don't expect to find military grade articles about weapons using nanotechnology on the internet any time soon. This article will try to poke at the
very sparce information about nanotechnology based weapons and defense systems.
Todays military strategy is heavily based on reconnaissance, surveillance and earth observation
systems fed into pattern recognition systems that scan for military movements or troop enforcements.
UAVís, blimpís and satellites overlap resolution and timeframes supporting decision structures. The use of MEMS and nanotech sensor will greatly
enhance these capabilities.
Approaches to robotics for geographical rekon differ between supersmart standalone killer warbots to
swarming collective AI microbots. Networks of swarming sensorbots could communicate wireless and give complete combat awareness to employed
Exo-skeletons that increase length of feet for running and jumping power enhancement have been tested for military purposes. Next generation army
suits will use integrated MEMS to support the soldier with with extra lifting-power. Biowar protection suits use microfluidics and bio-chips for
detection and sampling of biochemcial agents. Bullet-proof vests use nanomechanical shock-absorbing materials. The use of nanotech materials reduce
weight, thickness and increase durability compared to conventional materials. Uniforms that change colors and blend with background is also tested.
Retinal realtime medical surveillance displays gives soldiers empirical data for decision making under physical stress. Direct access to medical
condition help predict walking / running distance, alertness, and predict task sucess rates. Sensors give detailed nutrional levels, heartbeat
statistics and health advice on the fly.
Applications of MEMS in military systems will help reduce the biggest sustainment requirements: ammunition, petroleum, and food. Microsensors and
microprocessors will improve the precision of military weapons. This reduces the need for more munitions on the battlefield. MEMS devices can reduce
aerodynamic losses in aircraft. This leads to a reduction in the demand for fuel. MEMS can improve transportation systems by making aircraft and ships
faster or more efficient. This will speed up the movement of supplies. In addition, MEMS devices and sensors could be used to maintain the
temperatures of perishable products, thus reducing waste and spoilage.
The human body is also open to weaponization. Bionic implants enhancing phsyical strength shows great potential in biodesign soldier systems. Robotic
retinas and "listening-boosters" could give extrasensory powers. Bioengineering human tissue for extra strength, nanomedicine or genetherapy that
increase key vital soldier parameters. Amphetamies has been used by soldiers since WWI, fighter pilots even use them in crisis situations today. As
designer drugs gets genetically engineered for warriors we should expect a new class of Gulf-War syndromes. The near term future of nanotechnology
based defense technology blurs the line between hard science and science fiction.
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