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Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025 A Research Paper Presented To Air Force 2025

Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025 A Research Paper Presented To Air Force 2025

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Weather as a Force Multiplier:
Owning the Weather in 2025
A Research Paper
Presented To
Air Force 2025
Weather as a Force Multiplier:
Owning the Weather in 2025
A Research Paper
Presented To
Air Force 2025

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Weather as a Force Multiplier:Owning the Weather in 2025
A Research PaperPresented ToAir Force
 2025
byCol Tamzy J. HouseLt Col James B. Near, Jr.LTC William B. Shields (USA)Maj Ronald J. CelentanoMaj David M. HusbandMaj Ann E. MercerMaj James E. PughAugust 1996
 
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Disclaimer
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is a study designed to comply with a directive from the chief of staff of the Air Force to examine theconcepts, capabilities, and technologies the United States will require to remain the dominant air and spaceforce in the future. Presented on 17 June 1996, this report was produced in the Department of Defense schoolenvironment of academic freedom and in the interest of advancing concepts related to national defense. Theviews expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of theUnited States Air Force, Department of Defense, or the United States government.This report contains fictional representations of future situations/scenarios. Any similarities to real people orevents, other than those specifically cited, are unintentional and are for purposes of illustration only.This publication has been reviewed by security and policy review authorities, is unclassified, and is clearedfor public release.
 
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Disclaimer..........................................................................................................................................iiIllustrations........................................................................................................................................ivTables................................................................................................................................................ivAcknowledgments...............................................................................................................................vExecutive Summary...........................................................................................................................vi 1 Introduction.........................................................................................................................................1 2 Required Capability............................................................................................................................3Why Would We Want to Mess with the Weather?........................................................................3What Do We Mean by “Weather-modification”?..........................................................................4 3 System Description.............................................................................................................................8The Global Weather Network.......................................................................................................8Applying Weather-modification to Military Operations.............................................................10 4 Concept of Operations......................................................................................................................13Precipitation...............................................................................................................................13Fog..............................................................................................................................................16Storms.........................................................................................................................................18Exploitation of “NearSpace” for Space Control.........................................................................20Opportunities Afforded by Space Weather-modification............................................................20Communications Dominance via Ionospheric Modification........................................................21Artificial Weather.......................................................................................................................27Concept of Operations Summary.................................................................................................28 5 Investigation Recommendations........................................................................................................31How Do We Get There From Here?...........................................................................................31Conclusions................................................................................................................................34Appendix Page A Why Is the Ionosphere Important?.....................................................................................................36 B Research to Better Understand and Predict Ionospheric Effects........................................................39 C Acronyms and Definitions.................................................................................................................41Bibliography.....................................................................................................................................42

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