You Can’t Do That With Solar Power

As I read this piece by Theresa Hitchens at Breaking Defense, describing the potential of directed-energy weapons:

Current DE systems under development for countering unmanned aerial systems (c-UAS) have ranges “nearing 1 kilometer,” AFRL’s study explains, as opposed to other types of counter-UAS capabilities — such as net guns and shotguns — which are only effective at “10s of meters ranges.”


“By 2060 we can predict that DE systems will become more effective, and this idea of a force field includes methods to destroy other threats too,” he said. “Eventually there may be potential to achieve the penultimate goal of a Nuclear or ballistic missile umbrella. It’s fun to think about what that might be in 2060, but we don’t want to speculate too much.”

I could only think “How much energy would a weapons system capable of defending a military base require?” You can’t do that with solar power. I can only speculate that it would require nuclear fission or fusion or some method of producing power that hasn’t been invented yet.

3 comments… add one
  • Grey Shambler Link

    No, no you can’t.
    Solar power and windmills are really a step back, not forward.
    I don’t know if the fear of nuclear war will give us another 40 years of detente. by then I will be, … plus four, carry the naught,,, oh. Never mind.

  • I don’t honestly know the answer to that question. I think it depends on whom you are trying to deter. I don’t believe the Iranians are deterrable and I have my doubts about the Chinese for different reasons. I think that the ruling elite of the mullahocracy genuinely believes that God is on their side and will protect them. I think the Chinese authorities have little use for the ordinary Chinese. What if 1 million, 10 million, or even 100 million die? There are plenty more them. To deter China you’d need a much more focused deterrence or the willingness and ability to destroy the country utterly I don’t think either one of those is going to materialize for the foreseeable future.

  • Drew Link

    Set your phasers on kill………

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