Delivering precision force at a distance

Some years ago, when my job involved intrusion detection and surveillance of very high value items, I recall a conversation with my boss who said we also needed a method of delivering just the right amount of force very precisely over a considerable distance. We couldn’t achieve that, for both technical and political reasons. Now, that may be changing.

From the Ares Blog on Aviation Week: the Israeli Air Force (IAF) demonstrated tight command and control and precision strikes during the recent fighting in the Gaza Strip.

After the initial air strikes took out their primary targets in the first four minutes, tactics switched to a hunter-killer operation. “Surveillance technologies allowed the monitoring, identification, tracking and targeting of an individual in a crowd. Sensor to shooter cycles were reduced to less than 60 seconds by networking information and choosing from air, ground and naval weapons to strike various kinds of targets.” During the fighting, the IDF posted surveillance video of Hamas fighters seemingly oblivious to being observed. UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) presumably played a key role. I’ll have more say about UAVs in another post.

Wired’s Danger Room blog reported that there are indications a small, precise, focused-lethality weapon was used in the Gaza fighting. Destruction in some cases was limited to just a car interior, or a single room in a building. It was speculated to be Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME).

Perhaps the fictional technology presented in the movie Runaway is getting closer to reality.

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