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Topic: Battlefield Illusions
Message: Posted by: Intrepid (Feb 15, 2012 05:45AM)
As reported in Wired:
"In its new budget, unveiled on Monday, Darpa [Defense Advanced Research Project Agency] introduced a new $4 million investigation into technologies that will “manage the adversary’s sensory perception” in order to “confuse, delay, inhibit, or misdirect [his] actions.” Darpa calls the project “Battlefield Illusion.” Of course."
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/02/darpa-magic/

The mixing of magic and the military is not new as many here are no doubt aware of Jasper Maskelyne's creative role in helping the allies to confuse the German's in WW2.
Message: Posted by: balducci (Feb 15, 2012 06:44AM)
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On 2012-02-15 06:45, Intrepid wrote:

The mixing of magic and the military is not new as many here are no doubt aware of Jasper Maskelyne's creative role in helping the allies to confuse the German's in WW2.
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FWIW:

http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=174715

"Alas, Maskelyne's main war illusions were illusory."
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Feb 15, 2012 11:49PM)
Ninjas. :ohyes:
Message: Posted by: Intrepid (Feb 16, 2012 07:44AM)
During the civil war it was a common practice to build fake artillery pieces out of logs to deceive the enemy. These non-lethal "cannons" where nick named "quaker guns" by the troops.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Feb 16, 2012 01:11PM)
[quote]On 2012-02-15 06:45, Intrepid wrote:
As reported in Wired:
"In its new budget, unveiled on Monday, Darpa [Defense Advanced Research Project Agency] . . . ."[/quote]
You'd think that they'd get the name correct: it's [b]DARPA[/b] (all caps), not Darpa.

I did some work with DARPA (through ARDEC, the U.S. Army's [b]A[/b]rmament [b]R[/b]esearch, [b]D[/b]evelopment and [b]E[/b]ngineering [b]C[/b]enter (formerly, [b]C[/b]ommand)) many years ago. They're an interesting bunch, and they have some really fascinating projects.
Message: Posted by: critter (Feb 16, 2012 03:26PM)
Has anyone besides Stokes verified these sources?