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Lieber Georg,

ich hab mit Lutz gesprochen, jedoch hab ich nocht nicht begonnen, eien
Antrag zu formulieren. Das gehe ich an, wenn ich Mitte August nach Hamburg
zurückkomme. Ich hoiffe, die Sache kann solange warten.

Gruß nach Ö.

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Subject: [] Janes: US to field-test energy weapon

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> US to field-test energy weapon
> The US Department of Defense is considering whether to begin field-testing
a millimetre-wave
> electromagnetic energy weapon designed to help US soldiers protect
themselves and drive away
> adversaries when using lethal force is inappropriate. US officials say
they plan to test a recently
> declassified weapon known as the Vehicle-Mounted Active Denial System
(VMADS). The weapon has
> been developed at a cost of US$40 million over a 10-year period, under
which extensive laboratory tests
> were conducted using animals and human volunteers. The mobile energy
weapon can project a narrow
> beam toward individuals or small groups, and works by rapidly heating the
top layers of skin, causing
> pain. The Air Force Research Laboratory and the Defense Department's Joint
Non-Lethal Weapons
> Directorate are responsible for the program. Although the range of the
weapon is classified, program
> director Colonel George Fenton said he wants a system that can project a
beam beyond the range of
> small-arms fire, which he described as about 750m. The beam's sensation
quickly goes away after
> exposure, leaving no long-term effects, officials involved in the project
said. Furthermore, it is eye-safe,
> they noted. The beam is effective on bare skin, but can also penetrate
layers of clothing, Col Fenton said.
> Kirk Hackett, program manager for "Active Denial" Technology at Kirtland
Air Force Base, New Mexico,
> said the lab is conducting technology development work on a portable
variant, but said it will be several
> years before scientists know if such a variant can generate enough power
to project the beam to a
> sufficient range. Before the project can enter the Defense Department
acquisition cycle, a more
> comprehensive legal review would be required. (Janes)
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