We at the Bad Guys Blog are fascinated with weird weaponsunconventional, out-of-the-box weaponry that somehow seems right at home in this age of unconventional, out-of-the-box warfare. Here are a few choice items we've come across in recent days:
High-Altitude Airships: Call them blimps if you want, but at the Pentagon they're known as high-altitude airships. The ones now on drawing boards are designed to bolster U.S. air defenses by detecting low-flying missiles that escape radar detection. In a recent posting, DefenseTech.org's Noah Shachtman tells of how original plans included laser-powered dirigibles 25 times the size of the Goodyear Blimp. The one pictured above, by Galileo Systems, was designed to be airborne at 65,000 feet for 300 days at a time. But despite a $150 million Lockheed contract for a similar airship, the Missile Defense Agency just canceled the project.
Animals at War: Stop in at Mario's Cyberspace Station, run by the enterprising Croatian journalist Mario Profaca, for a look at animals at war. You'll find everything from Nazi pigeons and bat bombs to kitties with CIA transmitters and monkey mine detectors. Our personal favorite: the Kuwaiti Field Chickens (yes, that's KFC) used by U.S. Marines in the gulf as chemical detection systems.
Projection Bombing: Finally, here's a cool British site we just came across, Architectures of Control, on the increasing use of design features "that intentionally restrict the way the user can behave, or enforce certain modes of behaviour." What caught our eye was an item on the use of holograms and other images to scare the hell out of an enemyby projecting ghosts, monsters, or legions of soldiers or riot police. Also worth checking is a more countercultural approach by the folks at instructables.com.
Blimp photo: High Altitude Airship artist's conception
Credit: Galileo Systems
Monkey photo: A Japanese macaque
Credit: AFP/Getty Images