Full spectrum dominance is a US military definition – who else could come up with such a frank and brutal term? – meaning total control over a battlefield, encompassing physical force in land, sea, air and space, as well as over communications and psychological channels. It’s a frightening and huge notion.
The US has been gradually chipping away at its aim for decades and it’s getting closer by the day. For all practical purposes it’s already there.
Clandestine military research and development is far ahead of the technology which has been declassified to the public. That’s one of the reasons for classification in the first place.
Take the case of the SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance jet which was first flown by the US in December 1964.
It’s a stunning piece of machinery, even by today’s standards, capable of flying at three times the speed of sound (2,200 miles per hour) at altitudes of up to 85,000 feet. It still holds the world record for the fastest air-breathing, manned aeroplane.
When it was first in use there was literally nothing in the world that could match or assault it.
It outperformed every missile, jet and weapon in the world and was often used to shuttle diplomats and undercover agents into and out of places they weren’t supposed to be.
This machine was declassified in the ’90s, around 30 years after its first flight, when it was still the highest-spec publicly known aircraft.
It’s a far cry from the realm of conspiracy theory speculation to say that the US air force would not have declassified and decommissioned the Blackbird without having an even better operational successor already up its sleeve.
So what is yet to come? We can only imagine, though it’s clear that the operating limits of the Blackbird will be greatly exceeded in a way that would seem improbable to the layman.
The most advanced projects generally come from Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), the broad and secretive organisation responsible for developing packet switching – the infrastructure upon which the internet relies – artificial intelligence, computers capable of receiving direct input from a human brain and other ideas from the sphere of science fiction.
Slightly lower tech but equally impressive are plans to completely control weather conditions in-theatre.
According to a USAF document which was put together in the ’90s and which detailed the desired-for technologies available to the military in 2025, techniques to gain such control include microwave scintillation of air and vapours as well as chemical intervention.
This last technique was famously applied by Beatle Paul McCartney before a show in St Petersburg. Atmospheric Technologies Agency was hired to take dry ice into the atmosphere to overseed and disperse nearby clouds in order to avoid dampening the occasion.
And it worked – you don’t get on the wrong side of Macca.
While rock stars are known for ostentatious displays of power, the military are usually a little more discreet, though far more effective in their chest-puffing.
The naive days of blindly supporting military work as a necessary force for good are long gone and some of the more sinister practices which were previously imagined have actually been exceeded in their darkness.
Take the example of the undeniably nasty CIA-run Project Artichoke, declassified in recent years, which sought to “get control of an individual to the point where he will do our bidding against his will and even against fundamental laws of nature, such as self-preservation.”
It has been all but acknowledged by the conductors of such experiments that the subjects were unaware, though all would be unwilling or incapable of comprehension in the aftermath.
This and other projects involved doping subjects with powerful hallucinogens, toxic substances, torture practices and psychological bombardment.
But we know that that sort of thing would never be allowed to happen these days…
Of course, there have been even more primitive and barbaric experiments made on unsuspecting patients of domestic hospitals.
The list of radioactive and chemical experiments alone made on patients, prisoners and servicemen in the US is intimidating.
In the ’40s Vanderbilt university experimented on nearly 1,000 expectant mothers by tricking them into consuming radioactive iron, resulting in cancers in both them and their children, some of whom died as a consequence.
In the ’50s at the Medical College of Virgina, burn victims were deliberately burned and treated to injections of radioactive phosphorus 32, with some concentrations being up to 50 times what is deemed a safe dose.
Fallout from nuclear bomb testing in the Nevada desert resulted in somewhere between 1,000 and 21,000 deaths – a wide margin of error, of which even the lowest estimates are terrifying.
There is a wealth of literature on the US history of clandestine crimes against humanity available to those who are interested, and much of it resembles the death camp horrors of nazi Josef Mengele and friends.
Where the global military industrial complex is headed next is difficult to be certain, but full spectrum dominance is certainly priority number one, however it’s achieved.
It may seem futile to resist the ambitions of such a devastatingly efficient machine, but it would be deeply unwise not to.