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April 27, 2012

Jack Murphy’s Presentation on Directed Energy Weapons

I wanted to share the presentation I gave yesterday to my Weapons of Mass Destruction class at Columbia University with our readers.  Probably the biggest game changer with Directed Energy Weapons is the strategic aspect with ballistic missile defense or as an orbital weapons system, however there are also applications for SOF and Conventional Military units such as the smaller GLARE MOUT laser and the mid-size Area Denial System and the Advanced Tactical Laser which may one day augment the AC-130 gunship.

Just to elaborate a little on one of the topics I brought up, I was not trying to say that putting a multi-billion dollar orbital weapons platform into orbit is a smart way to fight a bunch of third world terrorists wearing sandals and carrying rusty AK-47’s.  I was just trying to throw out some examples of how these platforms could work and what I think the long term plan for DE weapons may be with defense planners.

Special thanks to Professor Paul Richards.

Also, here are the two videos I showed during the presentation:



About the Author

is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, Direct Action, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • ColonelProp

    Here is a little tidbit from the wire today. Directly related...

  • Tango9

     @JackMurphyRGR  @Abn_rngr  @ArcticWarrior Predicting human behavior is like trying to predict the weather.  24 hours out you can call it pretty well 90% of the time but after that there are so many variables that it's an exercise in futility.   Hell, if any of us could do it we'd be billionaires from predicting the market.

  • Tango9

     @Abn_rngr  @JackMurphyRGR  @ArcticWarrior The ghost of Richard Feynman approves of your post.

  • JackMurphyRGR

     @Abn_rngr  @ArcticWarrior SGM Kelso has a few combat jumps if I'm not mistaken, interesting guy for sure.  Regarding political science turning into pseudo-social science...I concur.  There is also the assumption that you can explain politics with graphs and figures.  I find that few people want to acknowledge how important personalities are.  People make absurd irrational decisions and you can't turn that into a pie chart.  

  • Abn_rngr

     @ArcticWarrior  @JackMurphyRGR Little off topic but during my time there was a SGT Kelso, later to become SGM Kelso, who served a tour with the Rhodesian Light Infantry.  Interesting stories there.