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  • Our ability to stop terror.

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  • Terror's ability to spread/blow stuff up

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  • Neither.

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Thread: Anti-Terror Tech

  1. #1 Anti-Terror Tech 
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    I'm curious what people think, since this is the "military tech" forum. Which do you think is increasing faster as our technology grows: terror's ability to spread, or our ability to stop it?


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    oh, what a disappointment - i had hoped to find something on how technology cures people from being afraid (something that would be very useful in a military context)


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    You will never be able to stop religious zealots,
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    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR
    oh, what a disappointment - i had hoped to find something on how technology cures people from being afraid (something that would be very useful in a military context)
    So, what's the point in going over to Iraq and Afghanistan and blowing everybody up if the problem is all in our heads?
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    because there would be no bombs if you managed to get into your enemy's head
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    No one is doing any remarkable progress, from one side the terrorism is still living in the same places that it used to be, and from the other side the U.S haven't done any remarkable progress too, killing terrorist leaders won't stop the terrorism, there is a wrong religious view in those terrorist that are keeping them in the killing zone.
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    I went for the second choice.. Terrorists are preparing to the battle in a much organized based method, they simply inject the childern with the terrorism ideas.. what makes it easy is those childern grow up in soceities where they can watch thier families killed infront of thier eyes. evenif those children has reached the age to get to think rationally, a) thier motives wont give them chance nor space to reconsider the method which they`ve been feeded upon, b) the terror of thinking outside the becalled religious belief has already reached it`s peak.. as this belief gives them the liesence to kill for "God" not to mention "for revenge".

    It`s the need to kill to fill the need of revange.. it`s this "human nature" driven and taken advantage by those terrortists leaders.. when you have a blind human force like that, the military technology can not challange such power.

    Terrorists are winning this by a long way, we on the other side have no idea of the danger awaits and we are simply underrating it by ignoring.

    It has never been about Military Technology.. analysis mistake.
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    From a military tech perspective, I think the terrorists growing advantage is the ability to kill more people in a single shot. Better bombs/biological agents means fewer operatives can do more harm.

    On the good guy's side, we're getting better and better detection technologies. Unmanned drones that can sweep out larger areas of the ground from higher altitudes, faster computers that can analyze larger amounts of data with better and better algorithms.

    But... which technology is progressing faster?
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    You're not going to get an exact answer as to which technology is advancing faster. There have been quite a few advances in IED tech involving better shaped charges, materials and detonation techniques, but they are really just reinventing the wheel. Of course technologies that slow the spread of terror are advancing quicker but it's a very broad term you're using. Terror cells don't have massive funding and the world's best engineers to produce new technologies. To name only a couple related to IED detection, photoluminescence spectroscopy is being developed to measure the wavelength of light that a suspect material produces at a distance, thus determining whether or not it contains explosives. It is said to be very accurate, rarely producing false positives. Another vital tech, the mobile phone jammers has been around for some time and has eliminated cell phone triggered IED's in some areas. You just don't hear much about this sort of anti-terror tech because they tend to be highly classified and just aren't as sexy as the tools that blow stuff up.

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    Yeah. I totally agree with that. Terrorists are just getting the hand-me-downs. Their bomb building abilities only grow with consumer technology, and even their consumer resources are likely to be behind ours.

    However: 20 years ago, they wouldn't have been able to use cell phones in their bombs. They wouldn't have the internet to help them learn the chemistry to make good bomb mixtures (not sure how much they need it), and in the first world our junk bins are starting to fill up with computer parts that used to be state of the art, but worthless now, except as cheap bomb components.

    I'm glad the OED guys are keeping up. Just the fact they have secrets worthy of classifying is kind of a comfort. Of course, their job is inherently harder than their enemy's job. I'd far prefer to be a bomb planter than a bomb defuser, more likely to live long enough to see the fruit of my labors.
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