Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2008 15:50:26 -0500 Subject: [endsecrecy]
Directed Energy & Tritium Tracking
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Could/Would Secret Service Kill You With Directed Energy in Guarding
President Obama by Sherwood Martinelli
WOW...Directed Energy, the stuff of Science Fiction and Marvel Comic Books...not
exactly. I stumbled upon and article by David Hambling that suggests, even hints that the
Secret Service is/has deployed Directed Energy Weapons as a part of their arsenal to
protect President Obama.
Realizing we could all be microwaved by an over zealous (and overly nervious) Secret
Service, thought we should all know a bit about this DIRECTED ENERGY...in fact, it seems
that the Air Force, Homeland Security and others are quite interested in Directed Energy
as well...even more troublesome...there is a very real chance that the NEI, NRC and the
owners of 104 dangerous trouble plagued (and in some cases ready to FAIL) nuclear reactors
are considering the use of Directed Energy weapons in crowd control should there be a
significant accident at one of these facilities.
In an interesting side note to all this...seems that a particular segment of the Army
involved in Directed Energy is also providing Tritium Tracking services...sure would be
interesting to find out if Indian Point and/or Entergy are using this service, or for that
matter if NEI or NRC have availed themselves of the service in light of the fact that a
LARGE NUMBER of America's aging nuclear reactors are beginning to have SERIOUS TRITIUM
LEAKAGE PROBLEMS...could the NRC explain to me, a stakeholder how they can claim Tritium
presents NO DANGER TO MY HEALTH if the Army is concerned enough about it to have the
ability TO TRACK IT?
Secret Directed-Energy Tech Protecting the President?
By David Hambling November 14, 2008
The Secret Service is tasked with protecting the President of the United States from
assailants; and given that President-elect Obama has already been the target of
assassination plots they may have their work cut out after January. But they have more
than earpiece radios and armored limos to help them; the Secret Service can call on the
very latest technology. Documents from a recent court case indicate that they have
advanced directed-energy devices which are highly classified.
You may remember Donald Friedman, who claims that government agencies are misusing
non-lethal directed-energy weapons. Its easy to dismiss him as a crank. But his
obsessive digging has turned up valuable information. For instance, one of his Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) requests unearthed a 1998 U.S. Army program looking at a microwave
device to beam sound directly into the target's skull which the rest of us had missed.
(The same technology underlies the Medusa non-lethal weapon.)
Now he's found something else. Friedman's current court case involves attempts to
extract information about any directed-energy weapons such as lasers and microwaves used
by the Secret Service.
Do they really have anything of the kind? A "Motion for an Enlargement of
Time" (in other words, a request for a few more weeks) by the Secret Service's
attorney indicates that they have something, and it's pretty secret:
"Plaintiff's FOIA request is for document [sic] concerning directed energy
technology that is very sensitive. Some of this documents [sic] pertain to research
conducted by divisions within defendant agency that is used to carry out its mandate to
protect very high government officials. In fact, in one case, the documents
not be mailed but had to be hand carried interstate."
So what is this "sensitive" technology? We don't know for sure, naturally.
But we can sure speculate...
Now, we've talked before about the Secret Service's interest in laser dazzlers as a
means of protecting the White House against suicide attacks by light aircraft, dating back
to 1998. We don't know if dazzlers have ever been deployed, but that would certainly
explain some of the secrecy.
Portable dazzlers would also be a good way of dealing with potential snipers without
the risk of harming bystanders. Other agencies also have an interest in covert dazzlers.
Ex MI6 agent David Tomlinson claims a laser strobe was proposed for an assassination
attempt on Slobodan Milosevic in 1992 by dazzling his chauffeur at a crucial point and
causing him to crash. (Conspiracy theorists claim that a laser dazzler was used to
assassinate Diana, Princess of Wales but any bright flashes more likely came from
A portable version of the truck-mounted Active Denial System the Pentagon's
"pain ray" might be used to similar effect. It could cause an assailant
to flinch for a vital second, giving agents an opportunity to get the President out of the
line of fire, without having to shoot into a crowd. Raytheon has been working on a
rifle-sized version of the Active Denial System for some years, but nothing has been heard
of it recently. http://www.deps.org
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DEPS is able to distribute the unlcassified Journal of Directed Energy to DEPS members as
a benefit of membership.
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The classified Journal of Directed Energy (Limited Edition) is a new journal and the
first issue is not yet available. Once available, individual papers from the classified
Journal will be made available to persons with the proper security credentials through the
Directed Energy Engineering and Analysis Center (AFRL/RDTA).
These papers will be free of charge and instructions on obtaining papers will
be provided here at that time.
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The Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland AFB, N.M. is
the U.S. Air Force's center of expertise in the range of technologies required for
high-energy lasers, high-power microwaves, high-power millimeter waves and advanced
Associated technologies include optical imaging and communication technologies and
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Non Lethal Directed Energy Weapons
Anti-personnel non lethal directed energy weapons include lasers, high power
electro-magnetic pulse and directional acoustic weapons. One of the systems currently in
use is the SaberShot laser dazzler this hand held or weapon mounted low-power
device uses 250Mw of 532nm green-laser.
When directed at the target, the laser's optics temporarily expand to generate a
blinding light which penetrates smoke, fog at twice the range of white light.
Modulation of such high intensity light cause disorientation, dazzle and blink
reaction that reduces the target's activity. Such weapon could be used to disorient and
degrade performance of potential threats, such as snipers, or RPG launchers.
[Note: This same sort of visual effect is used on
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include: improved compact, high power, and energy density primary and auxiliary power
sources; high density power switching devices and components; and related energy storage
and sources for Army lethality, survivability, mobility, and sustainability applications.
Major investments include: power components for hybrid electric vehicles and pulse
power, power sources for Soldier power and auxiliary power, and directed energy. This
major laboratory program is executed in three technology areas.
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their integration in a wide range of weapons. To date bombs, cruise missiles and artillery
rounds have been proposed for the delivery of such devices. Depicted are some
representative non-Western delivery systems and the most likely warhead packaging we can
expect to observe (C. Kopp).
The U.S. Army is mounting Joint Silent Guardian non-lethal, directed energy weapons
-- a derivative of the active denial system or "Pain Ray" -- on Ford 550
commercial trucks for crowd control. A lot is still undecided about how the small fleet of
vehicle/weapon combinations will be used including whether they will go to urban areas of
Iraq, officials say.
Directed Energy Weapons
Directed energy weapons (DEWs) are systems that use a ray of energy (e.g. laser) to
damage or destroy equipment, infrastructures and individuals. DEWs are suitable primarily
to disable an opponents electronics, sensors, command and communication systems.
There are different types of DEWs, but all have the following characteristics:
They can hit a target at the speed of the light. Many aim and fire problems are
Although some powerful DEWs require major investments (weapons technology and
supporting infrastructure), the cost of actual use is relatively low.
The power of a DEW is controllable. Although more powerful types could cause great
damage, it is also possible to provide precise fire power that will not necessarily lead
to additional damage.
The expertise needed to produce some of these weapons, such as high power microwave
devices (HPM), is fairly easy to obtain.
In fact, many experiments are carried out using converted microwave ovens.
Components are easily accessible and cheap, which makes HPM weapons attractive to
terrorists, especially for the purpose of destroying infrastructural facilities.
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Oct 27, 2008
COUNTER-ELECTRONICS HIGH POWER MICROWAVE ADVANCED MISSILE
JOINT CAPABILITY TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION (JCTD)
A -- Research & Development
Department of the Air Force Air Force Materiel CommandAFRL - Directed Energy
Solicitation Number: BAA-08-RD-04
Notice Type: Presolicitation
Added: Oct 16, 2008 4:13 pm
PRESOLICITATION RELEASE NOTICE FORCOUNTER-ELECTRONICS HIGH POWER MICROWAVE ADVANCED
MISSILE PROJECT (CHAMP)JOINT CAPABILITY TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION (JCTD)
16 October 2008
THIS IS AN ADVANCE NOTICE. DO NOT SUBMIT PROPOSALS FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. THIS
ANNOUNCEMENT IS PROVIDED TO GIVE INDUSTRY ADVANCE NOTICE OF AN ANTICIPATED BROAD AGENCY
A. INTRODUCTION. The High Power Microwave Technologies Branch of the Air Force Research
Laboratory (AFRL), Directed Energy Directorate (RD), Kirtland AFB New Mexico, is seeking
innovative techniques and approaches for the development of non-lethal weapons technology
that targets high valued electronic systems.
Combatant commanders (COCOMS) have expressed desires for additional military options
against the variety of electronic systems that are used in military, industrial, civil,
and asymmetrical applications. To provide viable military options to the COCOMS, the Air
Force Research Laboratory, Directed Energy Directorate's High Power Microwave Division
(AFRL/RDH) is seeking to develop and demonstrate the capability and operational utility of
a high power microwave (HPM) aerial demonstrator.
The objective of this effort is to develop, test, and demonstrate a multi-shot and
multi-target aerial HPM demonstrator that is capable of degrading, damaging, or destroying
electronic systems. For this effort, the contractor shall develop a compact HPM payload
for integration into an aerial platform. The contractor shall produce five aerial
demonstrators. One aerial platform without the HPM source shall be developed for a flight
test to demonstrate delivery, controllability, and fusing. The remaining four aerial
platforms with the integrated HPM source shall be developed for flight testing,
demonstration, and HPM effects tests. Of the four HPM prototypes one shall be used for
ground tests, two shall be used for flight tests, and the remaining one shall be used as a
back-up for the flight test.Offerors will be required to have SECRET level clearances, and
some personnel must be clearable for access to RESTRICTED DATA, CRITICAL NUCLEAR WEAPON
DESIGN INFORMATION, FORMERLY RESTRICTED DATA, SCI, and Non-SCI.
B. The estimated total program budget for these efforts is approximately $40M over 39
months. This funding profile is an estimate only and will not be a contractual obligation
for funding. All funding is subject to change due to government discretion and
availability. All potential offerors should be aware that due to unanticipated budget
fluctuations, funding in any or all areas may change with little or no notice.FY09 FY10
FY11 FY12$9M $17M $10M $4M
C. GENERAL INFORMATION. The government anticipates awarding one Cost-Plus-Fixed Fee
completion effort contract, but reserves the right to award a procurement instrument best
suited to the nature of the research proposal, or no awards pursuant to this BAA. The
contract award is anticipated to be unclassified. In the event the government is unable to
conclude negotiations with the apparent successful offeror, the government reserves the
right to conduct negotiations with another offeror. If the offeror is a large business,
any resultant contract will include a subcontracting plan, which must be submitted prior
to award. In addition, AFMC 5352.209-9002, Organizational Conflict of Interest Clause,
will be applicable, with probable inclusion of Alternates III and VI. The successful
awardee may be required to enter into a non-disclosure agreement with the AFRL/RDOS
support contractor to permit administrative access to proposal and contract data. It is
anticipated a DD Form 254, Contract Security Classification Specification with a
classification level of Secret will be required during the performance of this contract.
Foreign-owned firms are excluded from participating. It is expected that contractors may
have access to, or generate, data that is unclassified with limited distribution and/or
subject to U.S. Export Control laws. Therefore, offerors will need to be certified by the
Defense Logistics Information Services (DLIS) prior to award. Contact the US/Canada Joint
Certification Office, DLIS, Federal Center, 74 Washington Ave, North, Battle Creek,
Michigan 49017-3084 (1-800-352-3572), or logon to http://www.dlis.dla.mil/jcp
for further information on certification and the approval process.
Also, DD Form 2345, Militarily Critical Technical Data Agreement, must be completed by
the successful offeror and processed prior to award of a contract. All DOE Federally
Funded Research & Development Centers (FFRDCs) and DOD FFRDCs C3I Lab, Lincoln
Laboratory or Software Engineering Institute may submit proposals in response to this
solicitation. Other FFRDCs or contractors that propose using FFRDCs not discussed herein
shall provide rationale in the proposal that research is within the purpose, mission,
general scope of effort or special competency of the FFRDC and that the research to be
performed would not place the FFRDC in direct competition with the private sector.
Offerors must mark their proposals with the restrictive language stated in FAR
52.215-1(e). For the purposes of this BAA, the business size standard is 500 employees,
NAICS 541712. The acquisition is unrestricted, full and open competition. All firms
responding to the subsequent solicitation shall state whether they are, or are not, a
small business, a socially and economically disadvantaged business, an 8(a) firm, a
woman-owned business, a hubzone certified small business, a historically black college or
university, a minority institution, a veteran-owned small business or a service-disabled
veteran owned small business. Foreign owned firms are advised they will not be allowed to
participate. There will be no opportunities for foreign owned sub-contractors as well.
Technical POC is Mr Robert Torres, 505-846-8054.
Contracting POCs are Ms Rita Varley, Contract Specialist, 505-846-4398 and Mr Kenneth
West, Contracting Officer, 505-846-4626.
Projected date for release of solicitation is November 2008
Contracting Office Address: 2251 Maxwell AveKirtland AFB, New Mexico 87117
Primary Point of Contact.: Rita A Varley Rita.Varley@ kirtland.af.mil Phone:
Secondary Point of Contact: Gary D Riley, Contracting Officer gary.riley@
kirtland.af.mil Phone: 505-853-3306 Fax: 505 846 1546
Date posted: 06/01/2008*
Active Denial is a revolutionary non-lethal protection system that employs millimeter
wave technology to repel individuals without causing injury. The system provides a zone of
protection that saves lives, protects assets and minimizes collateral damage. Active
Denial emits a focused beam of wave energy that travels at the speed of light and produces
an intolerable heating sensation that causes targeted individuals to flee. The
sensation immediately ceases when the targeted individual moves away from the beam.
Raytheon has produced and delivered three Active Denial Systems to the U.S. Air Force
customer. Raytheon has also built one Silent Guardian system that is roughly 1/3 the
size and power of the other Active Denial Systems.
Active Denial and Silent Guardian are part of a family of Directed Energy solutions
produced by Raytheon. Those solutions include the Vigilant Eagle Airport Protection
System, Laser Area Defense System and Direct Infrared Counter Measure Systems.
Silent Guardian uses millimeter-wave technology to stop, deter or repel adversaries
threatening our forces or sensitive infrastructure.
Vigilant Eagle creates a protective zone around airports to safeguard aircraft
when they are at their most vulnerable on take off and landing. Vigilant Eagle is
based on a high-powered microwave beam that can be dispatched from a ground station to
deflect shoulder-fired missiles away from aircraft.
The Laser Area Defense System (LADS) combines the capabilities of the 20-millimeter
Phalanx weapon system with the power and effectiveness of lasers to provide fast, precise
search, track and engage capabilities for directing laser energy on target,
destroying mortars and other munitions in flight.
Quiet Eyes, a baseball-sized turret that can be mounted on combat helicopters, uses
a laser beam to disrupt shoulder-fired missiles.
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SAIC Is Lead Systems Integrator on Award-Winning Joint Services Project : The
revolutionary nature of new weapon systems using high-energy lasers and high-power
microwaves presents a new challenge to the U.S. military: how to effectively test and
evaluate these systems. The Directed Energy Test and Evaluation Capability (DETEC) Project
was formed to meet that challenge, and SAIC was awarded the contract to serve as the
project's lead systems integrator.
The Guardian Installation Protection Program is managed by the Joint Project Manager
Guardian (JMPG) for the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
(JPEO-CBD). Working under the JPMG, SAIC will provide an integrated chemical, biological,
radiological and nuclear protection (CBRN) capability at 200 Department of Defense (DoD)
installations and facilities worldwide. Please visit the Vendor Registration Site if you
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Seaport Security: Each year, more than two billion metric tons of cargo move through
U.S. ports. Learn how SAIC is using technology to improve the security of U.S. harbors,
ports, coasts, and marine installations.
Learn about how SAIC's Unmanned Vehicle Technology can offer streamlined and safer
operations to emergency response and defense operations and at the same time reduce
unnecessary risk to personnel.
Semi- and autonomous robotic platforms are being developed that can penetrate
physically prohibitive areas and even serve as an extension of the human soldier.
US Navy Evaluates Metal Strom's FireStorm Non Lethal Weapon Launcher
The Australian weapon developer Metal Storm International (MSI) completed a
demonstration of non lethal weapon system utilizing its rapid fire 'Metal Storm' system.
The company was one of two companies invited to participate in a Market Research
Demonstration (MRD) for the US Marine Corps System Commands Mission Payload Module
Non Lethal Weapon System program, assessing the maturity level of new technologies.
Following the MRD, the U.S. Government plans to solicit proposals for the System
Development and Demonstration Phase (SDD). (more...)
Nonionizing Directed Energy Bioeffects
The human eye is the most important sensor on the modern battlefield.
Increased international use of laser-guided weaponry and the potential or known health
hazards of emerging anti-eye weapons demands development and fielding of
medical treatment tools to protect the sight and skin of Soldiers engaged in modern
Retinal injury from frequency agile laser weapons systems and laser-tissue interactions
from infrared systems exposure require immediate assessment and treatment, pharmacological
and surgical interventions, and post-injury vision and performance evaluation. To protect
eyesight of the Soldier, this Program Area explores and develops prognostic and diagnostic
applications to protect against retinal cell injury or reduce neural element loss after
injury, medical treatment strategies for laser eye injury, and tests the feasibility of
advanced neuroprotectant pharmaceutical agents developed under the Neurotoxin Exposure
Treatment Research Program (NETRP) to minimize or reverse adverse consequences to the
Soldier of eye or skin exposure to nonionizing directed energy.
Medical Countermeasures for Laser Eye Injury
Neuroprotectants for Retinal & Brain Cell Injury