A buddy of mine and I were talking the other day about the whole mess in the Middle East and my friend made the claim that every time the US is involved in a “dust up” somewhere that the Atlantis space shuttle would always be sent up on a mission. We got to talking about the fact the launch had been delayed because of weather and then a parts problem, when it hit me.
I hadn’t heard of any US military operations in Afghanistan being hampered by weather. Now this could just be because I missed the story, or the military kept quiet about the whole thing, or it could be something else. There was a company that made an announcement either last year or the year before that they’d come up with this powder, that when dumped into a cloud, absorbed the water droplets, and then fell to earth in a gel form that disovled. The company claimed that they were going to use it to try and disrupt hurricanes, but it seems to me that it would come in awfully handy in a military operation if the target area were obscured by clouds. Just send out a plane or two loaded with that stuff, have 'em dump it out over the target area, and “Boom!” no more clouds!
Anybody know of anything else like this? (I.E. Something that’s currently considered a peaceful technique, but could just possibly be used by the military during a war.)