Mark Esper, the Secretary of the Department of Defense, on Wednesday acknowledged that a new sphere of weaponry has opened up — directed energy weapons, shot from high-flying aircraft or even from satellite systems in outer space. Esper confirmed China and Russia possess and are using directed energy weapons (DEW) in space. It’s clear that the United States is doing the same. In fact, we have found videos of the Air Force discussing its directed energy weaponry. We’ll run one of those informative videos below, as well as another video on autonomous weaponry. Those are essentially robots or other mechanical systems that can replace humans in combat zones. Esper said there have been major new advances with these systems as well.
How do these weapons work? What kinds of destruction can they sow? Have any of these weapons been a factor behind any of the forest fires we’ve seen burning across the Pacific Northwest? We’re not going to be able to provide answers for quite some time, but here, we offer a video from the Air Force Research Lab that begins to provide a framework for understanding what these directed energy weapons can do.
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