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Using missiles to sink the 7th fleet wouldnt leave the path clear to anything except a massive retaliation on an epic never before seen scale.

The US seems less than willing to protect their allies like S. Korea, Japan and Taiwan. Thus if there's a conflict with China, the US will most likely not go nuclear. If the Chinese declare a "containment zone" around the conflict area, the Americans might just send only one or two fleets max. Once the US are in a disadvantage, chances are they'll just withdraw from combat.

There are some war games scenarios where China might actually win a short skirmish.

But hey lets keep on making the same mistakes, thats what human beings do best.

I'm not a fan of weapons that can destroy humanity, but I'm still not gonna discount progress that were achieved through the military.

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The Manhattan Project led to breakthroughs that eventually were used for the treatment of cancer.

Advancements in military technology isn't just exclusively for use in the military. HDTV's, the internet, satellites.... all military stuff that eventually found its way to the civilians sector. How do you quantify the amount of progress or lives saved from stuff like those listed above?

As for the laser weapon, I guess if it works, it pretty much screws up the battle plans that China has been prepping for the last decade. Knowing they can't compete with the US in air fighter technology or even in naval warfare, they've been pouring tons of money to their missile technology. Estimates has been made that they have enough to neutralize US air bases in Okinawa and the 7th Fleet almost instantly, making the path clear to invade Taiwan.

Now the US with this laser....

We don't need to be at war to discover technology. We are perfectly capable of R and D without it.

Also, the Germans are far ahead in Laser technology then the US. They have successfully used automated laser weapons to detect and shoot down morter rounds and UAVs from 2km away.

http://www.foxnews.c...t-laser-weapon/

Germans build, successfully test laser weapon

By Allison Barrie

War Games Published January 14, 2013

FoxNews.com

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    A laser weapon from German company Rheinmetall Group. (RHEINMETALL GROUP)

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    A laser weapon from German company Rheinmetall Group. (RHEINMETALL GROUP)

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    A laser weapon from German company Rheinmetall Group. (RHEINMETALL GROUP)

A German company used a futuristic laser weapon to cut through a half-inch thick steel girder from 2/3 of a mile away.

But don’t try running away just yet: Dusseldorf-based Rheinmetall Group also reported that its new 50kW high-energy weapon technology can successfully detect and engage targets.

The company announced its 2012 year-end operational testing at the Ochsenboden Proving Groud (EZO) in Switzerland, where it successfully overcame tough environmental conditions including snow, ice, rain and blinding sunlight to neutralize targets.

Since 2011, the company has increased the power of its lasers five-fold, producing twice the laser output within the same volume. The weapon was run against five different scenarios including air defense; countering rockets, artillery, and mortar (abbreviated C-RAM or counter-RAM); and asymmetric warfare operations.

And Rheinmetall showed that laser weapons could be placed at different locations and work together to create one superbeam against a target, a technology it calls Beam Superimposing Technology.

Currently, there are two components: a 30kW and 20kW laser weapon station each integrated into an air defense Revolver Gun Turret and operated with a Skyguard fire control unit built by subsidiary Oerlikon.

This modular design lets the weapon maintain high quality while increasing overall performance. Against several nose-diving drones, the system’s radar can detect incoming unmanned aerial vehicles and within seconds shoot down the whizzing drones, which fly at more than 111 miles per hour at a range of 1.25 miles.The laser was also challenged to detect, pursue and engage a tiny ballistic target.

The Skyguard fire control unit immediately detected the 82 mm steel ball, the 30kW laser weapon station mechanically tracked it and then laser weapon optically tracked the tiny target and destroyed it.

Later this year, Rheinmetall plans to unveil more laser tech -- this time combining a laser weapon with an automatic canon.

The company is currently working on integrating a 60kW laser with the 35mm Ahead Revolver Guns system.

Further down the road, the company believes from a technical stand-point that it will build a 100kW output weapon, as well as a mobile version.

The company has successfully tested a 1kW laser on a special TM170 vehicle, but will be developing the laser for other vehicle platforms as well.

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There have been a very large number of advancements in military tech that have had civilian uses as well. As Im sure this new laser development will have many non military applications down the road. Theres more than a few industries that would benefit greatly from a new high end laser cutting tool. Possibly one that can cut from long distances away.

for one, i'll be able to write my name on the moon.
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The Manhattan Project led to breakthroughs that eventually were used for the treatment of cancer.

Advancements in military technology isn't just exclusively for use in the military. HDTV's, the internet, satellites.... all military stuff that eventually found its way to the civilians sector. How do you quantify the amount of progress or lives saved from stuff like those listed above?

As for the laser weapon, I guess if it works, it pretty much screws up the battle plans that China has been prepping for the last decade. Knowing they can't compete with the US in air fighter technology or even in naval warfare, they've been pouring tons of money to their missile technology. Estimates has been made that they have enough to neutralize US air bases in Okinawa and the 7th Fleet almost instantly, making the path clear to invade Taiwan.

Now the US with this laser....

Military technology development can be good and bad, for instance your example of the Manhattan Project is prime example. It was the birth of nuclear technology, and as you may know 2 different reactors were created because of it. The uranium reactor which is used today in Japan all over the world, and the lftr reactor, which despite being 200x more efficient and considerably safer, it was swept under the rug 50 years, because unlike the uranium reactors a lftr does not produce weapons grade plutonium as a by-product. So I would say its not ideal but way to create new technology but suppose its better than not creating it

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