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Ed Jewett
11-04-2009, 11:30 PM
Air Force: ‘Overwhelm Enemy Cognitive Abilities’ with Bioscience



By Katie Drummond (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/author/drummk/) http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/wp-content/themes/wired/images/envelope.gif (katiedrumm@gmail.com)
November 4, 2009 |
12:06 pm |


The Air Force is looking to harness advances in bio-science so they can “degrade enemy performance and artificially overwhelm enemy cognitive abilities.” It’s all part of a $49 million dollar bio-research effort (https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=411797fcc2260cb5d9ed346b3c139a4b&tab=core&_cview=1) unveiled last month by the Air Force Research Lab’s “Human Effectiveness Directorate,” and it’s the latest in a series of out-there military ideas to mess with adversaries’ heads.
For years, armed forces and intelligence community researchers have toyed with ways of manipulating minds. During the Cold War, the CIA and the military allegedly plied the unwitting with acid, weed, and dozens of psychoactive drugs (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/01/mkultra-lawsuit/), in a series of zany (and sometimes dangerous) mind-control experiments. In the 1970s and 80s, a small group of special operations soldiers at Ft. Bragg supposedly tried to teach themselves how to kill with psychic power - the basis for the upcoming movie The Men Who Stare at Goats (http://www.themenwhostareatgoatsmovie.com/). In 1994, one Air Force researcher proposed spraying enemies with “strong aphrodisiacs [which] caused homosexual behavior (http://noahshachtman.com/archives/001310.html).” Last year, the National Research Council and Defense Intelligence Agency pushed for pharma-based tactics (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2008/08/the-dia-looks-i/) to weaken enemy forces.
This new Air Force project looks to do just that - and boost the cognitive abilities of U.S. troops at the same time. One component of the research effort, called Biobehavioral Performance, is looking for military specimens who are already resistant to physical or mental stressors. By analyzing the biochemical brain pathways of troops who are cool under pressure, the Air Force wants an “external stimulant” that can act as a synthetic version of optimal cognitive stress response and keep airmen operating at top level.
Resisting stress is good, but destroying your enemy with stress is even better. “Conversely, the chemical pathway area could include methods to degrade enemy performance and artificially overwhelm enemy cognitive capabilities,” the Air Force call for proposals notes. No further details are given. Researchers will just have to be creative, if they want to look for ways to turn military foes insane in the membrane.




ALSO:


Vets Sue CIA Over Mind Control Tests (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/01/mkultra-lawsuit/)
Defense Spooks: Let’s Control Enemy Minds (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2008/08/the-dia-looks-i/)
Total Recall: Pentagon Looks to ‘Optimize’ Troops’ Minds (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/07/total-recall-pentagon-looks-to-optimize-troops-minds/)
Top Pentagon Scientists Fear Brain-Modified Foes (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2008/06/jason-warns-of/)
Report: Nonlethal Weapons Could Target Brain, Mimic Schizophrenia … (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2008/02/report-nonletha/)
The Gay Bomb Lives! (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2007/12/the-gay-bomb-li/)
Pentagon Explores ‘Human Fear’ Chemicals; Scare-Sensors … (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2008/01/pentagon-resear/)
Spooks’ “Behavorial Drug” Experiments Exposed (Updated) (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2007/06/spooks-behavori/)


http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/11/air-force-wants-bioscience-to-overwhelm-enemy-cognitive-abilities/

David Guyatt
11-05-2009, 11:59 AM
I note that the upcoming movie The Men Who Stare at Goats is a comedy which rather demeans the seriousness of the project of killing targets by remote influence.


In 1994, one Air Force researcher proposed spraying enemies with “strong aphrodisiacs [which] caused homosexual behavior.”

The mind boggles.

Jan Klimkowski
11-05-2009, 06:59 PM
This harnessing of "advances in bio-science" to “degrade enemy performance and artificially overwhelm enemy cognitive abilities” is all complete and utter nonsense.

BZ, a major incapacitant, was used operationally in Vietnam against the Vietcong. I have references to military science papers which prove this usage and the fact the battlefield effects of BZ were studied. I've also seen claims that BZ has been used operationally, by all sides, in the Balkans War and Gulf War I.

US Intelligence Colonel, Phoenix Program operative, and PhD student in near-death experiences (under Kubler-Ross), John B Alexander, spent at least a decade proselytizing for "non-lethal weapons" together with his Aviary colleagues and a lil' help from the likes of Laurance Rockefeller.

Why?

Chemical incapacitants are highly problematic. Ye olde change of wind direction problem. Also known, in all its resonant meanings, as blowback. :bandit:

Biological incapacitants, whilst dependent on means of transmission, are usually inherently uncontrollable.

Variants of speed, with increasing levels of molecular sophistication, have been given to pilots and Special Forces operatives for decades. With Jacob's Ladder style results.

What do you do with the enemy once you've congnitively impaired them? Put tens or hundreds of thousands of enemy soldiers in military prison? Or just kill them?

The taxpayer funding for these projects is more likely destined for deep black, off the books, operations.

Ed Jewett
11-07-2009, 02:04 AM
And then there is this:

Ed Boyden from the MIT Media Lab on exciting new brain-computer interfacing techniques. A 25-minute video of an at-podium presentation with slides uploaded by Singularity Institute Media Director Michael Anissimov.
http://vimeo.com/7321578