February 18, 2003

Digital Destruction: Will Saddam Fall Victim to the Elusive E-bomb?: If war is declared against Iraq, American cruise missiles could deliver electronic explosions in the form o

If e-bombs are released in Iraq - and work as advertised - Saddam Hussein would quickly become the electronic equivalent of deaf, dumb and blind. His phones would go dead, his lights would go out and he would be electronically cut off from the rest of the world.

"Virtually any solid state device is going to go, whether it's a cell phone or a $6 million computer," ABCNEWS military analyst Anthony Cordesman said.

E-bombs can fire millions of watts of energy in microwaves that are able to knock out electronic equipment and the weapons that rely on them. They can target and destroy computers, radios, telephones, and almost anything that uses transistors, circuits, and wiring.

E-bombs knock out electrical equipment by rapidly creating and transmitting a huge burst of electrical energy into the atmosphere. That sudden explosion of energy results in an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP.

The circuits and wiring in electrical devices act like antennas and pick up the invisible EMP wave as it moves through the air. The affected electronics will either become temporarily disabled or completely overloaded and destroyed by the excess energy.

It is believed that Saddam's underground command-and-control stations would be near the top of the E-bomb target list. Iraq's newly-built fiber-optic communications network would also experience the destruction of such an attack, and links between Saddam and his commanders would be short circuited.

These will be even more important in North Korea so that Kim Jong Il can't give a command to launch nuclear weapons while we're destroying his capacity to deliver them. Posted by Orrin Judd at February 18, 2003 8:26 PM


That is why it is imperative that we test their effectiveness in Iraq.

Posted by: Genecis at February 19, 2003 1:09 PM