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Posted: 5/9/2001 1:19:31 PM EST
http://opinionjournal.com/columnists/mhelprin/ Have you read this excellent Mark Helprin piece in the WSJ? It's really about the de-militarization of our forces during the Cinton years, but man does it have some interesting technical glimpses. eg.. ...extreme ultraviolet lithography equip guidance and control systems with circuitry not 0.25 microns but 0.007 microns wide, a 35-fold reduction that will make possible the robotization of arms, from terminally guided and target-identifying bullets to autonomous tank killers that fly hundreds of miles, burrow into the ground, and sleep like locusts until they are awakened by the seismic signature of enemy armor". "Lead-magnesium-niobate transducers in broadband sonars are likely to make the seas perfectly transparent, eliminating for the first time the presumed invulnerability of submarine-launched ballistic missiles". "metastable explosives create the prospect of a single B-1 bomber carrying the non-nuclear weapons load of 450 B-17s". Anyway, thought you'd enjoy reading about this stuff. Keep your powder dry.
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