The Military Industrial Complex and Your Tax Dollar

The Military Industrial Complex and Your Tax Dollar

by Ralph Ely | TLB Editor-at-large

Looking at how the Military Industrial Complex spends our Tax Dollars, we have to wonder if we are getting a good “bang for our buck.” We do know we are getting things that “go bang.” Now whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing depends on if you are the one doing the sighting or the one being targeted.

One thing is for certain… the money being spent for research, techknowledgey and equipment is designed to “take the war to the enemy” rather than defending the American Homeland at it’s borders. Another take might be we can damn well start a war where ever the Neocons in government draw a ‘bulls eye’ on a world map.

And if you think the Military Industrial Complex is satisfied with just controlling things here on earth… close your eyes… take a deep breath… now open your eyes… serious money and serious consideration is in play to put the Military into space with capabilities that Capt. Kirk and Mr. Spock would salivate at the thought of. (TLB covered this in a recent article. Preparing for War, US House Wants to Create First New Military Branch Since 1947)

Some Industry Types will say that humanity benefits from all of this research and development. While partly true, the unfortunate outcome of this “hand me down” paradigm is that much of the techknowledgey and equipment is given to government law enforcement to use against the Citizens of the United States for Control and Intimidation to help maintain the power of the ever growing Police State.

Military Control and the Dollar

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A quick look at the chart shows the Military Industrial Complex sucks up 54% of every dollar you pay in taxes. This chart is from 2015. Figures going forward show an ever increasing number and percentage through 2022.

It should be noted that even when the military wants to cut back to save money in some areas, and spend it in others, the Congress will not allow it to happen. After all what Congressional Member wants to lose the financial support he or she receives from Corporate Military Contractors that produce war equipment/ materials.

Time to take a look and see what “The Complex” has been doing…


Future unmanned tankers and drones will use advanced carrier landing system

by Brian Wang

U.S. Navy’s future unmanned tanker will use the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System developed for F35 and other jet landings on US aircraft carriers.

The Navy will use the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System, or JPALS for short, to land the MQ-25 unmanned aircraft onto carriers without a human at the controls. Known as the Stingray, the Navy’s future unmanned carrier aviation air system will provide inflight refueling to the U.S. fleet’s fighters, allowing them to operate at far greater ranges than before.

“When you’re talking about auto-landing a flying unmanned tanker onto an aircraft carrier, then the system has to be infallibly accurate, which JPALS is,” said Mark Maselli, Raytheon JPALS deputy program manager. [..] Source


I don’t know about you but that statement that “the system has to be infallibly accurate” is a red flag. According to Raytheon it is infallible. Really? How many times has the american tax payer been assured that something will work with out a hitch, only to have the military and/or contractor have to admit to their miscalculation. (Real or intended.)


High energy combat laser fired from an Apache AH-64 helicopter

by Brian Wang

A high energy laser mounted on an Apache AH-64 attack helicopter acquired and hit an unmanned target. The test was conducted by Raytheon and the U.S. Army Apache Program Management Office in collaboration with U.S. Special Operations Command at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

high energy combat laser on an apache helicopter

It was the first time a fully integrated laser system successfully shot a target from a rotary-wing aircraft over a wide variety of flight regimes, altitudes and air speeds, proving the feasibility of laser attack from Apache.


“Our goal is to pull the future forward,” said Art Morrish, vice president of Advanced Concepts and Technologies for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. “This data collection shows we’re on the right track.”

For the test, Raytheon coupled a variant of the Multi-Spectral Targeting System, an advanced, electro-optical, infrared sensor, with a laser. The MTS provided targeting information, situational awareness and beam control. [..] Source


Outside the obvious military applications of this flying laser beam let us consider the possible use of this techknowledgey against a “civilian target.”

Pedal to the metal Scotty

Not satisfied with control of the earth, “The Complex” wants to go where no man has gone before. 


If EMdrive is real and scales with Q factor then we get almost Star Trek level Technology

by Brian Wang

Adam Crowl considers spaceships if EM-Drive is verified as a real thing.

If the NASA emdrive performance of 1.2 millinewtons per kilowatt.


If EMDrive performance increases with the Q-factor as some have theorized, then we could tune the cavity and make it superconducting. If we take the NASA EM-Drives and pump the Q factor to ~30 million, then about 2 GW power is needed for the sustained 1 gee thrust.

[There are a lot of IF’s listed in this article with solutions to make it a reality, so we will cut to the chase. TLB]

Not only will we have Space Cops and Military Patrols zooming around… we will “use solar power for Emdrive to counter gravity on earth. It would be virtual anti-gravity. Structures that would be possible would not just be flying cars or floating antigravity but flying cities. Source 


Because of the anticipated time element for the Military Space Command to act quickly and get from one place to another, it is almost a “Beam me up” scenario.


Progress to stable laser propelled sails

by Brian Wang

Stable flight of a laser sail is an essential requirement of beam-driven propulsion. Centauri Dreams talked to James Benford about work towards stable beam flight. It places considerable demand upon the shape of the sail and beam.

James Benford takes a hard look at where we are now in the matter of sail stability. He and his brother Gregory have analyzed it in laboratory work. There is a great deal we still don’t know. There is the need for a dedicated test facility in which deep analysis and experimentation can proceed. Dr Benford is the Chairman of the Sail Subcommittee for Breakthrough Starshot. Breakthrough starshot has $100 million in funding.

Breakthrough Starshot is a research and engineering project by Breakthrough Initiatives to develop a proof-of-concept fleet of light sail spacecraft, named StarChip, capable of making the journey to the Alpha Centauri star system, 4.37 light-years away, at speeds between 15% and 20% of the speed of light, taking between 30 and 20 years to get there, respectively, and about 4 years to notify Earth of a successful arrival. The journey may include a flyby of Proxima Centauri b, an Earth-sized exoplanet that is in the habitable zone of its host star in the Alpha Centauri system. The conceptual principles to enable this interstellar travel project were described in “A Roadmap to Interstellar Flight”, by Philip Lubin of UC Santa Barbara. Source


In our next story we again see how techknowledgey can be a useful intelligence tool, but also can be used against individual rights by the Power Structure.


Ultra-Thin Camera Without Lenses uses optical phased array

by Brian Wang

The OPA chip placed on a penny for scale. Credit: Caltech/Hajimiri Lab

Caltech engineers have developed a new camera design that replaces the lenses with an ultra-thin optical phased array (OPA). The OPA does computationally what lenses do using large pieces of glass: it manipulates incoming light to capture an image.


“Here, like most other things in life, timing is everything. With our new system, you can selectively look in a desired direction and at a very small part of the picture in front of you at any given time, by controlling the timing with femto-second—quadrillionth of a second—precision,” says Ali Hajimiri, Bren Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech, and the principal investigator of a paper describing the new camera. The paper was presented at the Optical Society of America’s (OSA) Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) and published online by the OSA in the OSA Technical Digest in March 2017.

“We’ve created a single thin layer of integrated silicon photonics that emulates the lens and sensor of a digital camera, reducing the thickness and cost of digital cameras. It can mimic a regular lens, but can switch from a fish-eye to a telephoto lens instantaneously—with just a simple adjustment in the way the array receives light,” Hajimiri says. Source


[To read complete articles posted above, click on “Source.”]

“The Complex” and it’s activities are endless. As an example here is a round-up of News from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency:


Sync with STO
DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office (STO) is hosting a “Sync with STO” event on August 2 – 3, 2017, designed to familiarize attendees with STO’s mission, problem spaces, program managers (PMs), and technology interests. The event aims to facilitate technical discussion between STO PMs and attendees that explore innovative and revolutionary ideas for addressing national security challenges.

Image Caption: A graphical depiction of the PROTEUS concept, showing agile, immediate composition of force packages during fast-moving urban combat operations, which are simultaneously coordinated across multiple command echelons.
As nation-state and non-state adversaries adapt and apply commercially available state-of-the-art technology in urban conflict, expeditionary U.S. forces face a shrinking operational advantage. To address this challenge, a new DARPA program is aiming to create powerful, digital tools for exploring novel expeditionary urban operations concepts—with a special emphasis on coastal cities, where future such battles are deemed most likely to occur. The program will test the new tools and concepts in an integrated virtual environment, with the ultimate goal of developing fluidly composable force packages able to maximize tactical advantage in these complex, urban environments.

Topological Excitations
Many people who use computers and other digital devices are aware that all the words and images displayed on their monitors boil down to a sequence of ones and zeros. But few likely appreciate what is behind those ones and zeros: microscopic arrays of “magnetic moments” (imagine tiny bar magnets with positive and negative poles). When aligned in paralleled in ferromagnetic materials such as iron, these moments create patterns and streams of magnetic bits—the ones and zeros that are the lifeblood of all things digital.


A mantra of these data-rife times is that within the vast and growing volumes of diverse data types, such as sensor feeds, economic indicators, and scientific and environmental measurements, are dots of significance that can tell important stories, if only those dots could be identified and connected in authentically meaningful ways. Getting good at that exercise of data synthesis and interpretation ought to open new, quicker routes to identifying threats, tracking disease outbreaks, and otherwise answering questions and solving problems that previously were intractable.


Image Caption: The patchwork of microelectronic dies represents work performed by a multitude of university groups that participated in previous DARPA-industry-academe collaborations. DARPA’s new electronics initiative is pushing for a new era of microsystem structures and capabilities. Click on the image for a high-resolution version.
The Department of Defense’s proposed FY 2018 budget includes a $75 million allocation for DARPA in support of a new, public-private “electronics resurgence” initiative. The initiative seeks to undergird a new era of electronics in which advances in performance will be catalyzed not just by continued component miniaturization but also by radically new microsystem materials, designs, and architectures. The new funds will supplement the Agency’s FY 2018 R&D portfolio in electronics, photonics, and related systems to create a coordinated effort valued at more than $200 million, to be further supplemented by significant commercial sector investments.



Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are making virtual and robotic assistants increasingly capable in performing complex tasks. For these “smart” machines to be considered safe and trustworthy collaborators with human partners, however, robots must be able to quickly assess a given situation and apply human social norms. Such norms are intuitively obvious to most people—for example, the result of growing up in a society where subtle or not-so-subtle cues are provided from childhood about how to appropriately behave in a group setting or respond to interpersonal situations. But teaching those rules to robots is a novel challenge.


Image Caption: DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program seeks to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that would break the cycle of escalating launch costs and make possible a host of critical national security options. As the next step toward a future of routine, responsive, and low-cost space access, DARPA has awarded Phases 2 and 3 of the program to The Boeing Company. Click below for high-resolution image.
DARPA has selected The Boeing Company to complete advanced design work for the Agency’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program, which aims to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that would bolster national security by providing short-notice, low-cost access to space. The program aims to achieve a capability well out of reach today—launches to low Earth orbit in days, as compared to the months or years of preparation currently needed to get a single satellite on orbit.


We will leave you with this thought. The Military Industrial Complex has very little accountability… and the Global Elite planned it that way. Most of your elected government officials are “on the take” from the Industry lobbyist that comes knocking on their door. The government bureaucrats (civil service.. etc) are in the center of power day after day and year after year… AND THEY JUST DON’T CARE!

The only way We The People can know what is going on and what measures we need to take to keep some semblance of Constitutional Sanity is to stay informed, stay involved and stay on course with “the Compass of Truth.” (RE)

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