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The E-Bomb: How America's New Directed-Energy Weapons Will Change the Way Future Wars Will be Fought

Recorded on November 29, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

In science fiction, futuristic soldiers are often shown wielding light emitting weapons - Flash Gordon's ray gun, Captain Kirk's phaser, and Darth Vader's light saber. Today, this imagined future of science fiction is on the road to reality. After more than two decades of research, the United States is on the verge of deploying a new generation of weapons that discharge light-wave energy, the same spectrum of energy found in your microwave or in your TV remote control. They're called "directed-energy weapons" - lasers, high-powered microwaves, and particle beams - and they signal a revolution in weaponry, perhaps, more profound than the atomic bomb.

The first directed-energy (DE) weapons are already being tested, and their deployment is planned in the very near future. In The E-Bomb, author J. Douglas Beason, Ph.D., a leading U.S. expert in directed-energy research, explains these exotic new weapons in clear and non-technical prose and answers questions that all Americans will have about their important development and strategic significance.

DR. J. DOUGLAS BEASON, Col. (USAF, ret.), a key architect and leading expert of directed-energy research for the past twenty-six years, holds a Ph.D. in laser-technology physics. He has served at the White House, working for the President's Science Advisor in both the Clinton and Bush administrations. Today he is on the Board of Directors of the Directed Energy Professional Society, and at Los Alamos National Laboratory he is Director of Threat Reduction. Dr. Beason is the author of twelve books, including some popular fiction techno-thrillers, and over one hundred scholarly papers and other works. He is a Fellow of the prestigious American Physical Society.