Stultifying weapons Pentagon

Stultifying weapons PentagonIt sounds incredible, and even absurd, but the U.S. military are developing tools to be "impair the efficiency of the enemy by means of chemical action in the brain," according In simple words: to make the enemy "grow stupid" and not be able to use the creative potential of the brain or other armed struggle. While real experiments seem to go beyond just research chemicals and include various effects, including remote with directional emission.

Late last month, 711-e wing U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, engaged in human capabilities (711th Human Performance Wing), updated the competition of scientific research under the "Advances in the biological sciences to improve the performance of pilots."

Program for six years, and it has spent $ 49 million to implement the advanced achievements of neuroscience and biotechnology in military affairs. Unlike many similar programs, the Pentagon's research, it concerns a very sensitive areas of the brain controlling the operation and control of behavior.

One of the projects of the program, for example, offers and use the "technology of external stimulation, in order to pilot could fully focus on its aerospace tasks and to accept and handle larger amounts of information." Another proposes the creation of technology-sensing brain to special forces could be isolated from the crowds of people who pose a threat.

However, among the many ideas like the most bizarre and disturbing — these projects with an application of that act chemically to "lower productivity and artificial suppression of cognitive abilities of the enemy" and "the development of technology to anticipate, detect, track and correct intentions and physiological state person in any place and at any time. "

These statements seem incredible, but in fact they do not go beyond the current trends of the American war machine. For years, the Army and the U.S. intelligence services are conducting experiments to manipulate minds. Rumor has it that during the Cold War, the CIA and the military tested the prisoners are dozens of psychoactive substances in order to find a means of mind control. Recently, work in this area is only likely increased. So, in 2008, the scientific advisers Pentagon warned that the enemy can develop technologies "improve their cognitive abilities … and thus a threat to U.S. national security." In turn, the National Research Council and the Defense Intelligence Agency insist on "pharmaceutical tactics" weakening of the enemy. Hard to say what is meant by this phrase: spray over enemy territory of certain drugs, the introduction of "vaccines", changing the chemical structure of the brain with radiation or something else.

In recent months, the Pentagon began financing a number of projects to optimize mental performance of their soldiers, protection from injuries, preventive assessment of vulnerability to traumatic stress and even remote control brain activity using ultrasound.

Brain stimulation is widely used in medicine, but most of its methods are not applicable in the field. For example, deep brain stimulation (DBS) requires the implantation of electrodes into the nerve tissue, and less invasive techniques, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), have a limited reach and low spatial resolution.

To overcome these limits of technology, U.S. researchers used transcranial pulsed ultrasound stimulation, which affects the brain through the wall of the skull and does not need surgery. In addition, experiments have shown that the new technique has a spatial resolution of neuromodulation is about five times greater than TMS and can exert influence on the subcortical brain systems, ie very deep.

Serious technological barriers to "control state" no — basically the decision to adopt for service depends on clinical trials. New ultrasound brain stimulator offers great opportunities to improve the efficiency of the soldier. First, the medical effect: reducing pain without chemicals (in the U.S. Army are many people who are already addicted to them), the reduction and elimination of tumor disruption to nerve tissue, reducing the likelihood of irreversible brain damage. Second, greatly increase mental capabilities soldiers: would minimize the risk of panic, increase alertness (decreased attention and loss of concentration — the main cause of death of military personnel). It is also possible the continued withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, poor sleep, giperbditelnost (strain in "safe" situations), which often leads to serious mental disorders.

From this point of view, the device looks just magical: instant relaxation when necessary rest and instantaneous concentration of attention immediately after rest or hard work, as well as a stable balanced state, which is the key to survival on the battlefield. However, if we imagine an army brigade of several thousand people with such "ultrasonic" combat helmet fitted to the same remote control stimulation, it emerges a frightening picture of the human "hive", which even the mood change in unison. However, from a military point of view, this is a huge advantage.

Either way, the U.S. Air Force warn potential researchers that projects and theories proposed for defense programs for behavior management, require secrecy. So, most of all, the concrete results of the strategic programs of the public does not know.

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