posted on Nov, 15 2010 @ 05:54 AM
The U.S. government has developed and shelved so much technology over the decades, unbeknownst to the public, that it never ceases to amaze me. I
mean, I was an odd kid back in the 1970s, and I subscribed to the fringe technology magazines... such as Science News, which reported on the
Pentagon's various tech projects.
Therein I learned of chemically-powered burning lasers that were combat-ready and mounted on the new generation tanks. That was in 1975.
These were not targeting lasers, oh, no.... These were offensive weapons that could, reportedly, punch a hole in a titanium target at a
distance of 10 miles.
I was astounded to read about breathable liquids back then, also, with actual photos of terrestrial test subjects submerged and breathing
fluids in and out and very much alive.
Military science was quite advanced back in the 70s and 80s... That's not so long ago, it turns out.
But the government DROPPED these technologies from their menu for a number of mundane reasons... Cost overrun, too troublesome to transport, not cost
efficient, blah, blah, blah.
They do, indeed, keep those technologies on the shelf and away from the public, and they do occasionally bring them out, dust them off, and
incorporate them into new technologies.
The heavy burning laser, for example, has resurfaced recently, although it is now airborne and, with computer-assist, is used for zapping
intercontinental ballistic missiles.
We got Star Wars, baby. But we had Star Wars before the movie ever came out, back in the 70s.
I'm still amazed at the old high-tech stuff that our gubbmint keeps parked in warehouses out in the desert. Maybe we'll use it, maybe we won't.
— Zesko Whirligan