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December 8, 2003
The Emerging Neurowarfare Threat
Neurowarfare, the use of weapons that target the human central nervous system, is an escalating concern. This month's Acumen Journal uncovers some areas of Russian neurowarfare research:
- Project Flute: a neurotoxic agent that becomes activated during times of stress or great emotion, and can damage the nervous system, alter moods, trigger psychological changes and even kill.
- Project Bonfire: similiar to Flute, Bonfire manipulate peptides and hormones that regulate our nervous systems.
- Unnamed: extensive research into creating agents that would cause fatal overloads of bliss
Dr. John Aquila, A RAND analyst, offers an interesting thought: "We (USA) could own every Russian bioweapons expert for the rest of their lives for about the price of 1 F-18 attach aircraft." Although this might slow down the development of neuroweapons in Russia, it is far from a panacea to this newly emerging threat.
| Category: Neuropolicy
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