Is it time to retire Loud Speakers in Favor of LRAD?

Is it time to retire Loud Speakers in Favor of LRAD?Frankly I didn’t know what a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) was until I saw an article in the June 1, 2017 in black and white edition of the NY Times which you can find on-line at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/nyregion/sound-cannon-protest-lawsuit-long-range-acoustic-device.html?_r=0, (which is also a photo source). The article addressed a law suit filed as a result of LRAD use on December 5, 2014 at a protest in Midtown Manhattan hostile to a grand jury’s failure to indict a police officer whose choke hold killed Eric Garner. Amongst other capabilities, the LRAD can inflict permanent hearing hurt although the article clarification that the LRAD was designed to repel boarders after the attack on the USS Cole. Compared to a noise flame thrower, the LRAD offers a digit of other capabilities as clarified on the vendor website: https://www.lradx.com/, which is another photo source.The vendor shows variants of the LRAD that can provide Mass Notification or Public Address capabilities as well as integrate with existing communication systems. There is also the capability of employing the devices remotely.  If one burrows down a bit in LRAD Corp’s website, under the Investor tab, you will find a Corporate Presentation. Slide 12 which appears here gives the company’s position with in the defense industry. It would seem that the HA & DR application would be a MISO/PSYOP mission while Large Crowd Communications might be a Military Police or MISO/PSYOP mission.As with many of today’s defense systems, the LRAD is complex, yet modular. Thus far the LRAD appears to be vehicle mounted and does not seem to be available in a Man Pack configuration at this time.Given the range of capabilities, operators will need to undergo some very solid training on ROE and the legal aspects of LRAD use. While permanent hearing hurt has been noted as a potential outcome, the lethality of this weapon has not been tested.For example, if the LRAD is ‘fired’ at a moving vehicle disrupting the operation and causing a fatality – does his go LRAD into the lethal force domain or not.  Reader input appreciated.

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An ISIS Twofer As Today’s Posting

An ISIS Twofer As Today’s Posting There is no doubt that ISIS is one of our primary threats today. Part of the challenge is that they are an global, non-traditional threat and unlike nation states – do not play by any rules. It’s no secret that ISIS has become practiced at employing technology to achieve their nefarious goals. At the moment it appears that our rule book isn’t working and that we are playing bump-up on two fronts: propaganda and cyber.An brilliant background article, “Inside the surreal world of the Islamic State’s propaganda machine.” appeared in November of last year. The article gives the reader an inside view of the ISIS propaganda machine.“(see: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/inside-the-islamic-states-propaganda-machine/2015/11/20/051e997a-8ce6-11e5-acff-673ae92ddd2b_story.html?tid=a_inl, which is also a photo source). “Quick forward to 7/15/16 and we come across the article “U.S. military has launched a new digital war hostile to the Islamic State” (see:https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-militarys-digital-war-hostile to-the-islamic-state-is-off-to-a-slow-start/2016/07/15/76a3fe82-3da3-11e6-a66f-aa6c1883b6b1_story.html) which describes the hard work of Cyber Mandate to engage the enemy digitally. Juxtaposing the two articles seems to give the edge to our adversary. The two articles leave you with the depression that the enemy has maintained the high ground in propaganda while the US is playing bump-up in production with the cyber battlefield and the digital shape war.Of course, there is the on-going cat and mouse game where each party doesn’t really want to reveal how successful they may have been or if and how their enemy has negatively impacted their hard work. Yet it makes logical sense to step back for a moment.I have always believed that ‘you train as you fight’. Unless you have trained and exercised to accomplish a task you are not likely to be very excellent at it. There are several parallel hard work at work here:1.     The use of offensive cyber weapons hostile to a non-traditional enemy.2.     The employment of cyber shape by the side of with traditional Military Information Help Operations (MISO).3.     The execution of a coordinated set of operations involving both.4.     Booster of other resources be they COTS, contract, mercenary or volunteers.One wonders how training is preparing our force to engage and dominate these battles. 

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First Folding Space Telescope Aims to “Break the Glass Ceiling” of Traditional Designs

First Folding Space Telescope Aims to “Break the Glass Ceiling” of Traditional DesignsFirst Folding Space Telescope Aims to “Break the Glass Ceiling” of Traditional DesignsDecember 05, 2013MOIRE program makes first-ever metaphors using lightweight membrane optics, which could help redefine how we build, launch and use orbital telescopes  Read more

CRS Reports on Navy Programs

Newly updated reports from the Congressional Research Service on innumerable U.S. Navy programs include the subsequent.
Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background, Issues and Options for Congress, March 14, 2013
Navy Ohio Replacement (SSBN[X]) Ballistic Missile Submarine Program: Background and Issues for Congress, March 14, 2013
Navy DDG-51 and DDG-1000 Destroyer Programs: Background and Issues for Congress, March 14, 2013
Navy Shipboard Lasers for Surface, Air, and Missile Defense: Background and Issues for Congress, March 14, 2013
Navy Virginia (SSN-774) Class Attack Submarine Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress, March 13, 2013
Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program: Background and Issues for Congress, March 13, 2013
Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress, March 1, 2013

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