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DARPA’S SMART BULLET PASSES ITS FIRST TESTS

May 3, 2015 By Joseph P. Farrell

A few months ago I blogged about DARPA, the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (or, as Mr. J.B. once suggested, the Diabolically Apocalyptic Research Projects Agency) and its new "smart bullet," i.e., a bullet able to maneuver during flight, and to target specific targets. In other words, the "smart bullet" was not a standard ballistic weapon. Well, hold on, because the "smart bullet" has now been tested, and the test gives rise to today's high octane speculation. Here's the article:

DARPA's steerable bullet proves it can hit moving targets

The bullet, called "EXACTO" for EXtreme ACcuracy Tasked Ordnance, has passed its first proof tests:

"'True to DARPA's mission, EXACTO has demonstrated what was once thought impossible: the continuous guidance of a small-caliber bullet to target,' said Jerome Dunn, DARPA program manager. 'This live-fire demonstration from a standard rifle showed that EXACTO is able to hit moving and evading targets with extreme accuracy at sniper ranges unachievable with traditional rounds. Fitting EXACTO's guidance capabilities into a small .50-caliber size is a major breakthrough and opens the door to what could be possible in future guided projectiles across all calibers.'"(Emphasis aded)
DARPA is at least being honest with some of the implications here, for clearly the same technology that can be applied to bullets could be applied to artillery shells and anti-tank rounds. But imagine this technology coupled with, say, biometric technology and the ability to remotely sense DNA? Such was the speculation of one individual who sent me this article, Mr. S.D. Imagine the technology to identify remotely a particular DNA signature of an individual, and coupling it with such a technology. We're a long way off, of course, but if we (or rather, Mr. S.D.) can think of it, rest assured, it has probably already been thought of by the folks at DARPA. Expand the idea: imagine coupling this technology with, say, the DNA signatures of a particular group of people. In either case, one would have the perfect assassin's weapon, one targetable on specific individuals or groups. The frightening reality is that such remote DNA sensing is already available in a crude form, and there are now even mobile sequencing kits that allow a genome to be sequenced "on the spot" as it were, without the need to send samples to far off laboratories and wait for the results. Or imagine, as some of you suggested, coupling this technology with other biometric technologies, such as facial recognition technologies.
But one can extend the idea even further: suppose, for a moment, there was a group of "almost humans" living among us, whose genetic composition was so similar that they appeared human, even, perhaps, being able to reproduce with humans, but whose genetic makeup was just slightly different enough to constitute itself as a separate species. Such a technology would, obviously, be of value if one were concerned to be able to target that population specifically. And that raises the question of why DARPA would want to develop the EXACTO bullet in the first place.
Obviously it has military value. but it would also have a much higher value for assassins, covert operations (imagine "taking out" an individual). Let's extend the technology even more, by putting a tiny ramjet in the EXACTO bullet to extend its range and... well you get the idea.
Now it is precisely at this point that Mr. S.D.'s speculation - and ours - takes off. Why disclose not only the existence of such a bullet, but of its successful tests? We are all familiar with the idea that what gets disclosed is probably far behind what actually exists in the black projects world. So why disclose it at all? Here comes the high octane speculation(Mr. S.D.'s, not mine): suppose a message is actually being sent by the release of this information. What would it be? Well, one very clear message would be, you can run, try to evade, or hide, but you can't. We can get you, and you specifically, without "collateral damage." Best to conform, and play your part as ordered....
See you on the flip side...