I am not a scientist.
I’m definitely not a scientist. I’m a warfighter. And what I carry into battle today is not much different than what I carried when I entered the army in 1993. The M4 rifle is slightly updated from the one I carried in 1995. The 5.56 mm rounds or 7.62 mm ammo belt is Vietnam vintage. The entrenching tool, weapon magazines, knives, flashlights, poncho, and boots are for the most part exactly the same.
You can see why I find scientific inventions that support the Nation’s tip of the spear underwhelming.
Yes, I’ve seen many of the prototypes for things such as exoskeleton suits, robotic mules, and hand held drones that are all supposed to help the future ground soldier. But that’s just it; it’s always the future soldier. I guess I had higher ambitions for the scientists that put a man on the moon and invented the internet.
A Taliban militant or ISIS terrorist on today’s battlefield can fire a rifled weapon literally invented before the 1800s at American Soldiers and with a well-aimed shot this enemy can inflict a casualty.
So, I have a simple question and challenge to the scientific community writ large – whether a research university, warrior scholar, or mad scientist, I believe the question is simple enough:
Where is the invention that can defeat a bullet in flight?
A Taliban militant or ISIS terrorist on today’s battlefield can fire a rifled weapon literally invented before the 1800s at American Soldiers and with a well-aimed shot this enemy can inflict a casualty. In defense, our ground combat soldiers wear ballistic helmet and body armor weighing over thirty pounds. That is the extent of the defense from bullets, a cost-imposing solution if ever there was one. There is promising research underway on cloaking and microfibers for ballistic fabric, but these innovations look to hide Soldiers or protect them from the bullet’s impact. Why can’t the bullet be stopped in flight or at least have its trajectory changed?
I know this is no simple question. A 7.62 mm bullet fired from an AK-47 (bad guy standard issue) travels at over twice the speed of sound, reaching its target and stopping so quickly there is not enough time for air resistance to have much of an effect on it.
Any science fiction fan can imagine a force field that bullets bounce off. That would be great.
Another consideration would be to alter the bullet’s trajectory. A good sniper knows temperature, humidity, elevation, wind, light, and barometric pressure all affect accuracy. Why can’t we impact one of these elements to a point that it changes the bullet’s intended trajectory – while in flight?
An innovation like this would surely be revolutionary. It would be a stand against the wholesale democratization of violence. It would take away the ability of anyone with a rifle and ammunition from becoming a threat on the battlefield. It would provide American combat Soldiers with something old, but new again – an exciting overmatch and a monopoly on the use of violence they haven’t had in a long time.
In the past, scientists have conquered disease and infection, which were the biggest killers on the battlefield in their day. Can we not also harness science to defeat the bullet?
I can think of all sorts of reasons on why this is too hard to do, barring a change in our understanding of physics…but that’s not the point. (For an engineer, it’s also no fun.)
Operationally, we also need to be careful what we wish for. We could borrow a page from missile defense and knock the bullet off course with another bullet. But stopping a bullet completely renders it ineffective…simply diverting its course leaves it open to hit something else, possibly more important and/or less well protected. So on the battlefield, we don’t just want to deflect bullets — we want to steer them to someplace they’ll do no damage. Or just stop them.
Consider, too, whether you’ll get the strategic effect you want for the effort expended. In Dune, shields didn’t render firearms completely obsolete, they just changed the conditions under which they were useful. Other weapons remained — swords, chemical explosives, poisons (think chem/bio), nuclear weapons — most of which weren’t exclusive to soldiers in that world, and wouldn’t be in ours, either. So you wouldn’t stop the democratization of violence — you’d simply return it to a different technical level. You’re wanting to eliminate a capability from one side, while retaining it for ours…that sort of asymmetry is very hard, and while worth doing, timing the success is hard to control, and the advantage is very fleeting.
So it’s not just establishing the challenge…it’s also whether the juice is worth the squeeze, and whether we can live with the results?
An electromagnetic field and/or ___something alike___ working onto objects traveling faster than sounds would stop a bullet mid air. This EM field could be manufactured to be worn by a person, its operational area can be defined into meters, (this area will pose certain disadvantages to user too), and viola — you have bullets stopping doremon gudget, at least in fiction.
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Hi again my name is Richard . I just want to apologize. I just disrespect.everyone. I am not a scientists. I did finish high school
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Hi to who may it concern . Who gets the suit and battery in the military?Who we have faith then trust in the frontline? Sincerely. Richard
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