Originally Posted by Lyle
I don't think he was speaking overly seriously. I think he was fantasizing a bit. Don't we all from time to time?
Perhaps, but it sounded to me like he was proposing research in that vein as a serious alternative to population-centric COIN.
Our military does have lasers now
(probably why he mentioned lasers) and perhaps in a few years time we will simply zap bin Laden and cohorts to death... or Iranian or North Korean missiles.
This is a less-crazy but still wrong version of Pinkerton's thought. It assumes that improvements in technology will only alter the balance of power to our benefit and that there won't be low-tech countermeasures to our fancy new toys. What if Bin Laden gets his hands on sophisticated biological weapons before we figure out that DNA-seeking laser? Take missile defense, for example. It's far easier to build decoy ballistic missiles than it is to build more interceptors for a ballistic missile defense system, so even a fairly small and poor country, like North Korea, has the capacity to overwhelm our incredibly expensive and politically damaging defenses.