The Pentagon has quietly been working on a new arsenal of advanced weaponry that replaces metal casings with "reactive materials," normally harmless matter that combines to release explosive amounts of energy on impact, tearing targets apart with violent fury.
In development for more than 30 years, the research is beginning to bear fruit, and may soon spawn more powerful bombs, warheads that tear apart stone and concrete, mines that can be set to stun or kill, and grenades that can swat rockets or mortar rounds out of the sky like flies.
"You can get effects that are more precisely tailored to a particular target," says John Pike, director of Washington military research group GlobalSecurity.org. "And you're able to get a greater effect out of a smaller munition."
Reactive materials are combinations of materials that are normally stable, but, when subjected to sudden shock -- such as striking a target -- release a large amount of energy. Depending on the composition and warhead design, the energy can be released as heat, a blast or a combination of the two. Unlike conventional explosives, RMs cannot be set off by fuses. Technically, they are classified as flammable solids, and they are less hazardous to transport and store than explosives.
While they're more energetic than explosives, RMs are not intended to be a substitute. Instead, they will replace warhead components normally made of metal.
An analysis of U.S. military procurement papers and defense contractor presentations, as well as interviews with companies working on the technology, suggests that a wave of munitions using reactive materials may be headed for a battlefield near you.
Making really big booms and blowing stuff up real good, our defense contractors at work.
Never mind putting an end to war, just make war 'easier' for those doing battle, less messy too while your at it. Blood and guts is old school, instant incineration leaves burnt toast where humans used to be.
I am ashamed of my fellow (so-called) humans and their WWF mentality taking pleasure in killing those perceived as enemies through the careful use of mis-information and propaganda, disgusting air sucking slime.
I decided not to talk about the Primaries today cause the story is currently getting dragged throughout the entire blogosphere and frankly I am tired of hearing 16 different interpretations of one obvious thing, Clinton needs to quit before her ego shreds the entire Democratic party.