Accession Number : ADA325418

Title :   Benign Weather Modification,

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Coble, Barry B.

PDF Url : ADA325418

Report Date : MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : Weather modification is a technology once embraced by the United States (US) military as a tool to help both wartime and peacetime missions. However, interest in the ability to modify weather has waned over recent years and is now nearly nonexistent. This study examines one aspect of weather modification, benign weather modification (BWM), for possible use in assisting military operations. After briefly reviewing the history and science of weather modification, this thesis bounds the aspects of weather modification being addressed. It then describes barriers to BWM, showing how they affect current weather modification policy in the military. Examples are shown of current civilian BWM techmques, their possible use by the military, and some military-unique needs for weather modification. After examining current weather modification and projected future BWM technology, the author concludes that military BWM use deserves another look. Increased reliance on precision guided munitions makes BWM a possible new tool in ensuring accurate targeting with minimal collateral damage. In addition, BWM offers the war planner a means to dictate battle space elements at a critical point in a conflict. At a minimum, the US military should conduct a more in-depth review of weather modification to see if technological advances offer opportunities for more 'bang for the buck.'

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *WEATHER MODIFICATION, GUIDED MISSILES, PEACETIME, TOOLS, RELIABILITY, MISSIONS, WARTIME.

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE