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FOIA Reveals U.S. Air Force Paper “Counterforce Weather Control: SPACECAST 2020”

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Classified Release

Counterforce Weather Control: SPACECAST 2020, Volume II [1]

This is our final reply to your January 2, 2014 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, (number 2014-01670-F) for a copy of SPACECAST 2020, June 1994 Volume II. We processed your request under both the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act. There are six pages which are partially releasable; 23 pages which are fully releasable in accordance with the following exemptions:

FOIA Exemption (b) (1) protects from disclosure national security information concerning the national defense or foreign policy, provided that it has been properly classified in accordance with Order 13526.

FOIA Exemption (b) (6) permits the government to withhold all information about individuals in "personnel and medical files and similar files" when the disclosure of such information "would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy."

Subject and Problem Statement

SpaceCast 2020 logoThis paper proposes a counferforce weather control system (with both space and ground based segments) and identifies the prerequisites necessary for such a system to be feasible. Atmospheric scientists have pursued terrestrial weather modification in earnest since the 1940s, but have made little progress because of scientific complexities, legal battles, social concerns, and the intricacies of control at the local, national, and international governmental levels. Developing a space-based weather control system for military applications enormously compounds this already difficult problem. The costs and risks are extremely high. However, the potential benefits to military powers are even higher; subsequently, military powers will periodically be inspired to investigate the feasibility of a weather control system.

This conceptual counterforce weather control system is developed through a three stage predictive analysis technique:

  • conceptualize a desired end state (ability to control weather, at will, as a principle of war),
  • hypothesize the preconditions to achieve that end state, and
  • develop measures of effectiveness which indicate progress tOward that end state.

The desired end state is limited only by imagination For example, envision the capability to accomplish the following objectives

  • "bore a hole" through a cloud to allow unrestricted surveillance of an enemy target (figure l ),
  • create an atmospheric event over an enemy airfield so as to ground all their aircraft (i e., thick fog or severe thunderstorm), and
  • create a weather pattern that obscures your military movement from the enemy

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"Counterforce Weather Control." SPACECAST 2020, Volume II. USAF Center for Strategy & Technology (1994).
"SpaceCast 2020" USAF Center for Strategy & Technology. (1994).

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