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Reconnaissance Earth: Weather War

Reconnaissance Earth: Weather War

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January23,2008MichaelRavnitzkvDearMr.Ravnitzky:ThisrespondstoyourFreedomofInformationAct(FOIA)requestofOctober6,2007,inwhichyouseekacopyofthedocumenttitled,"WeatherModification".YourrequestwastransferredfromtheChiefofNavalOperationsandreceivedinthisofficeonJanuary22,2008,andassignedreferencenumberNAWCWD20080029.Wehavereviewedtheattacheddocument,whichisresponsivetoyourrequest,andhavedetennineditcanbereleasedinitsentirety.Therearenoassessablefeesassociatedwiththeprocessingofthisportionofyourrequest.Sincerely,
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WEATIIERMODIFlCATION
TYPEOFEFFORT:S&TPROPOSEDBY:
CodeC2741(WarheadDevelopmentBranch)NAWCWPNS,ChinaLake,CA93555-6001CAPABILITY&USES:(1)Toimpedeordenythemovementofpersonnelandmaterialbecauseofrains-floods,snow-blizzards,etc.(2)Todisrupteconomyduetotheeffectoffloods,droughts,etc.TECHNICALDESCRIPTION:Bywayofbackground.weathermodificationwasusedsuccessfullyinVietNamto(amongotherthings)hinderandimpedethemovementofpersonnelandmaterialfromNorthVietNamtoSouthVietNam.SincethattimemilitaryresearchonWeatherModificationhasdwindledintheUnitedStatesbutnotnecessarilyintheSovietUnion(Russia).Commercialweathermodificationisanactiveindustry.Theapproachofthisproposalisto(1)determinethecurrentstate-of-the-arttechnologyinweathermodification;(2)determinetheapplicabilityofcurrentweathermodificationtechniquesanddevicestomilitaryapplicationandutiJization;and(3)generateaE&MDProgramPlanes)tomodify(ordevelopasnecessary)weathermodificationtechniquesanddevicessuitableformilitaryapplication.Currentindustrialtechniquesanddevicesarenotlikelytobesuitableformilitaryapplicationormeetmilitaryrequirements.Thesuccessfulcompletionoftheproposedeffortandthefollow-onE&MDprogram(s).willgivetheU.S.militaryaviable,state-of-the-artweathermodificationcapabilityagain.RISK&LIMITATIONS:Theriskislowinthatthisinitialproposedstudyeffort/investigationanditsassumedE&MDfollow-oninvolvethemodificationofcommercialtechniquesanddevicestomeetmilitaryapplicationsandnotthedevelopmentofnewtechnology.Theapplicationofweathermodificationrequiressuitablemeteorologicalconditionsand,therefor,hasthatoperationallimitation.Iknowotnocountermeasures.PROjECTPLAN:
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