Sci-fi in the theater of war: Boeing patents plasma force field

Boeing (NYSE: BA), has obtained a patent for a plasma force field.  Actually, the patent is for something called a “method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc,” so the term “force field” is perhaps being used a bit loosely.  Nevertheless, the force field is intended to envelop and …


Lockheed Martin’s laser weapon takes out a truck

Lockheed Martin recently took modern warfare a step further with a successful test fire of the company’s ground-based, 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system, known as the Advanced Test High Energy Asset, or ATHENA. The guinea pig for this experiment was a small pick up truck, which was blasted beyond repair …