posted on Feb, 9 2003 @ 07:32 AM
Itís called the ìe-bomb.î Delivered by a cruise missile, the E-bomb is a warhead that explodes to emit a high-energy pulse that, like a bolt of
lightning, will fuse any electrical equipment within range.
THE E-BOMB HAS been more than a little temperamental in testing, and engineers would still like another year to work out the bugs, but on the first
night of the war against Iraq, E-bombs will detonate over President Saddam Husseinís key command-and-control bunkers in and around Baghdad. If all
goes according to plan, lights will blink out, computers will melt down, phones will go silent. Saddam and his lieutenants will be left shivering in
silent darkness, alone and waiting to die.
This war will be different, say the planners. They use buzzwords like simultaneity, agility and effects-based targeting. What they mean is the
creation of a nimble force that can see the whole battlefield and act quickly, using its superior information and its high-precision firepower to
strike deep and fast, enveloping and disabling enemy units before they can mount a coherent defense. The concepts, and the high technology to carry
them out, have been in the works for some years. But they have never before been tested on such a grand scale. High-tech forces are smart, even
brilliant. But they can also be fragile. Sandstorms can blind eye-in-the-sky satellites and crash helicopters, communication links can go down, and
some of the new gizmos have never been battle-tested. Indeed, a run through for the war at Gen. Tommy Franksís new CENTCOM headquarters in Qatar last
month was a blizzard of computer glitches.