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The following is excerpted from:

New World Vistas: Air and Space Power for the 21st Century
Ancillary Volume

Document courtesy of International Committee for the Convention
Against Offensive Microwave Weapons and Resonance magazine.



By USAF Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

June 1996


Looking 50 years into the future is extremely easy and, at the
same time, exceedingly difficult. Easy, since I will not be
around to catch the flak for being wrong. Difficult, since it is
really presumptuous to pretend that you have the vision to see
the future. Nonetheless, you asked for it so here goes.

As we look forward to the future, it seems likely that this
nation will be involved in multiple conflicts where our military
might cannot be applied. We will be involved intimately with
hostile populations in situations where the application of
non-lethal force will be the tactical or political preference. It
appears likely that there are a number of physical agents that
might actively, but largely benignly, interact or interfere with
biological processes in an adversary in a manner that will
provide our armed forces the tools to control these adversaries
without extensive loss of life or property. These physical agents
could include acoustic fields, optical fields, electromagnetic
fields, and combinations thereof. This paper will address only
the prospect of the physical regulation of biological processes
using electromagnetic fields.

The literature regarding the interaction of biological processes
with electromagnetic fields is growing at a rapid rate. Sources
are becoming more available, biomedical instrumentation is
improving so that the interactions between biological processes
and physical fields can be examined with fewer artifacts, and the
principles underlying these interactions are becoming clearer and
more amenable to theoretical prediction.

Prior to the mid-21st century, there will be a virtual explosion
of knowledge in the field of neuroscience. We will have achieved
a clear understanding of how the human brain works, how it really
controls the various functions of the body, and how it can be
manipulated (both positively and negatively). One can envision
the development of electromagnetic energy sources, the output of
which can be pulsed, shaped, and focused, that can couple with
the human body in a fashion that will allow one to prevent
voluntary muscle movements, control emotions (and thus actions),
produce sleep, transmit suggestions, interfere with both
short-term and long-term memory, produce an experience set, and
delete an experience set. This will open the door for the
development of some novel capabilities that can be used in armed
conflict, in terrorist/hostage situations, and in training. New
weapons that offer the opportunity of control of an adversary
without resorting to a lethal solution or to collateral
casualties can be developed around this concept. This would offer
significant improvements in the capabilities of our special
operation forces. Initial experimentation should be focused on
the interaction of electromagnetic energy and the neuromuscular
junctions involved in voluntary muscle control. Theories need to
be developed, modeled, and tested in experimental preparations.
Early testing using in vitro cell cultures of neural networks
could provide focus for more definitive intact animal testing.
If successful, one could envision a weapon that would render an
opponent incapable of taking any meaningful action involving
higher motor skills, (e.g. using weapons, operating tracking
systems). The prospect of a weapon to accomplish this when
targeted against an individual target is reasonable; the prospect
of a weapon effective against a massed force would seem to be
more remote. Use of such a device in an enclosed area against
multiple targets (hostage situation) may be more difficult than
an individual target system, but probably feasible.

It would also appear possible to create high fidelity speech in
the human body, raising the possibility of covert suggestion and
psychological direction. When a high power microwave pulse in the
gigahertz range strikes the human body, a very small temperature
perturbation occurs. This is associated with a sudden expansion
of the slightly heated tissue. This expansion is fast enough to
produce an acoustic wave. If a pulse stream is used, it should be
possible to create an internal acoustic field in the 5-15
kilohertz range, which is audible. Thus, it may be possible to
"talk" to selected adversaries in a fashion that would be most
disturbing to them.

In comparison to the discussion in the paragraphs above, the
concept of imprinting an experience set is highly speculative,
but nonetheless, highly exciting. Modern electromagnetic
scattering theory raises the prospect that ultrashort pulse
scattering through the human brain can result in reflected
signals that can be used to construct a reliable estimate of the
degree of central nervous system arousal. The concept behind this
"remote EEG" is to scatter off action potentials or ensembles of
action potentials in major central nervous system tracts.
Assuming we will understand how our skills are imprinted and
recalled, it might be possible to take this concept one step
further and duplicate the experience set of another individual.
The prospect of providing a "been there-done that" knowledge base
could provide a revolutionary change in our approach to
specialized training. How this can be done or even if it can be
done are significant unknowns. The impact of success would boggle
the mind!

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