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Military May Microwave Iraqi Electronic Circuits

A war with Iraq could allow the United States to debut a new — and perhaps revolutionary — class of weapons that can cripple an enemy’s ability to fight without harming people or destroying buildings. They are known collectively as “high-powered microwave weapons” (HPM). They use bursts of electromagnetic energy, delivered by low-impact bombs or “ray gun”-like devices, to disable or destroy the electronics that control everything from an enemy’s radar to its laptops. Although the pulse can easily incapacitate or even burn out microchips or circuitry, it is weak enough so that humans might not even know they had been attacked until their computers started to crash. Full Story

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