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Why The Army’s Experimenting With Laser-Guided Lightning

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


There’s been a fair bit of buzz online of late over experiments with a technology called a “laser-induced plasma channel” – essentially, laser-guided, artificially generated lightning bolts – at the Army’s Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey. But, militarily, what’s it good for? The problem, one well-informed source told Breaking Defense, is short range. If you… Keep reading →

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Marines Blow Stuff Up On Army Base: MCLC At Work

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


One of the largest explosions in the history of the Army’s Fort Benning base was set off by Marines — fortunately, on purpose. This video shows extraordinary detail of how troops set up, use, and detonate the M-58 Mine Clearing Line Charge (MCLC or MICLIC). (If all you care about is the explosions, just fast-forward… Keep reading →

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