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Military May Microwave Iraqi Electronic Circuits
New Beams Destroy Without Killing

By Guy Gugliotta
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 19, 2003; Page A18

A war with Iraq could allow the United States to debut a new -- and perhaps 
revolutionary -- class of weapons that can cripple an enemy's ability to fight without 
harming people or destroying buildings.

They are known collectively as "high-powered microwave weapons" (HPM). They use 
bursts of electromagnetic energy, delivered by low-impact bombs or "ray gun"-like 
devices, to disable or destroy the electronics that control everything from an enemy's 
radar to its laptops.

Although the pulse can easily incapacitate or even burn out microchips or circuitry, it 
is weak enough so that humans might not even know they had been attacked until 
their computers started to crash.

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