Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists September 1, 1994 http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-15756460.html Details about programs to develop socalled “non-lethal” weapons are slowly emerging from the U.S. government’s secret “black budget.”

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists September 1, 1994 http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-15756460.html Details about programs to develop socalled “non-lethal” weapons are slowly emerging from the U.S. government’s secret “black budget.”

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The soft-kill fallacy: the idea of “non-lethal weapons” is politically attractive and purposively misleading. (includes related weapons glossary) “Non-lethal weapons disable or destroy without causing significant injury or damage,” asserted Undersecretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz in a March 1991 memorandum. This is an important misconception. Nevertheless, Wolfowitz wrote, “A U.S. lead in non-lethal technologies will increase our options and reinforce our position in the post-Cold War world.”(2)

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The soft-kill fallacy: the idea of “non-lethal weapons” is politically attractive and purposively misleading. (includes related weapons glossary) “Non-lethal weapons disable or destroy without causing significant injury or damage,” asserted Undersecretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz in a March 1991 memorandum. This is an important misconception. Nevertheless, Wolfowitz wrote, “A U.S. lead in non-lethal technologies will increase our options and reinforce our position in the post-Cold War world.”(2)

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
September 1, 1994 http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-15756460.html Details about programs to develop socalled “non-lethal” weapons are slowly emerging from the U.S. government’s secret “black budget.” The futuristic aura of many non-lethal weapons is seductive, and their advent has been heralded uncritically by many media reports of kinder, gentler weapons.(1) But basic political, legal, and strategic questions about the utility of the non-lethal thrust remain unanswered – sometimes even unasked.
Dozens of non-lethal weapons have been proposed or developed, mostly in laboratory-scale…

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