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January 2, 1963
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M p Weapon' Admiral Predicts Arsenal of Storms, , Icebergs, and Fog A startling picture of weather as a weapon of war is offered by Vice -Adm. William F. Raborn, deputy' chief of. naval operations in charge of research and develop- ment, In the current Issue of the rilonthly magazine, Naval Insti- tute Proceedings. In an article on the Navy of 1973, outlining current and future naval development projects, Ad- miral Raborn outlines such possi- billties as diverting storms toward enemy communications, causing destructive weather phenomena, or controlling the weather to help a military . assault. He placed no timetable 'cu these developments. Here -=Irep inted with permission of the United. States Naval Insti- tute, which Ull'as copyrighted the material-is the... key section on weather from - Admiral Raborn's "The possibilities ,for the mili- tary employment ,.ofthe 'weather weapon' may be asdiverse as they are numerous, ..An ahility to con- trol the weather .eq 1 d k introduce greater changes in wa'rfare than those. which occurred `if 19,15 with the explosion of the first nuclear weapons. "A severe storm or hurricane striking a naval force may well Inflict greater damage than could an enemy. The capability to change the direction of destructive storms and guide them toward enemy con- centrations may exist in the future arsenal of the naval tactical com- mander. "Ground, sea, air, and amphibi- us operations might be supported r by thr' production of rain or roucht. Converselv,;. the creation f "'Mid, low ove gaitg might be ions, rnrvements, and task force CPYRGHT fluencing the ionosphere and at- mosphere simultaneously, mag- netic, acoustic, and pressure ef- fects might be generated. in such a way that oceanwide sweeping of mines would occur. "Creating or dissipating atmos- pheric temperature/humidity ducts might modify the refractive in- dex of the atmosphere enough to influence radar or radio transmis- sion. Artificially induced iono- spheric storms might produce a blackout of communications. "Certain electromagnetic waves are unable to pass through an area of precipitation. A cloud-seeding generator: could be employed under appropriate meteorological condi- tions to produce precipitation' that would interfere with the operation of radio-guided or remotely con- trolled devices or vehicles. "We already have taken "our first steps toward developing an environmental warfare capability. We are using satellite weather data from Tiros II for current; ?_ tactical operations and more, ac- curate long-range weather predtc- ; ions, Some 'experiments in fog dissipation have shown promise, and some exploratory research has been conducted on ways to change the heading. of major storms. "For thesa reasons-and because our advsnces in science make It reasonable-we are now engaged in planning a 10-year, comprehen- sive study of the atmosphere, a study which we will designate ATMOS." Approved For Release 2000/06/13 : CIA-RDP75-00001 R000100070096-5