[quote="edwest2, post:15, topic:219055"]
I suggest you pick up a copy of The E-Bomb by Doug Beason.
In the meantime, with Afghanistan winding down, defense contractors will be looking for new places to drop precision guided munitions. I am sure Iran is being watched like a hawk and if anything bigger than a rowboat hits the water, we'll have our 24/7, cloud penetrating, nightvision eyes on it.
The Israelis also have ground-based lasers.
Beason's book is irrelevant: essentially from 1980 about directed energy weapons. Obsolete and also does not discuss any aspects of the issue of an ElectroMagnetic Pulse from a nuclear weapon in space.
Here is what one of the reviewers had to say.
Not too bad a book, but definitely an introductory text. It also has some curious gaps. For instance, it entirely omits Raytheon's VIGILANT EAGLE system for airport defense. It makes very little mention of contributions to DEW from the EW community. Other Active Denial System (ADS) it omits all energy-based non-lethal weapons. Finally, it makes very little mention of HPM-based EM threats. I expected it to at least survey the threats of EMP.
If you really want to learn about this subject, start with this book, and move on to your public library. Read the first few chapters of Jane's All The Worlds Fighting Ships and Jane's All The Worlds Fighting Aircraft for weapons systems principles. From there, move on to periodicals and read through the last fifteen years or so of Aviation Week's articles on EW/EMP/HPM. Finally, read the Executive Summary of the report by the EMP threat commission.
The key thing is to read the report by the EMP threat commission.