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The new secret technology winning in Iraq is Smart dust

The new secret technology winning the war in Iraq is "Smart Dust", RFID tags that can be easily tracked when stuck on the enemy. The identification of the enemy is the key phrase in Woodward's cryptic comment below.

On CBS’ 60 Minutes Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Bob Woodward cryptically let it be known that much of the recent U.S. success, or lack of failure, in Iraq should be attributed to a “new operational capability” that enables the identification and monitoring of enemy leaders of various ranks and affiliations.

Woodward likened this breakthrough to the advent of the tank, which transformed war as it was deployed.

The reason its still secret is once you know about it, you can use it to set up your enemies or disguise yourself, by putting it on others clothing. You can also put it on innocent people and hide among them.

That way it loses its ability to track truthfully, you have no idea if the person with the smart dust on them is a real terrorist, some kid, or an innocent plant.

One commentator noted that....
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It’s smart dust: RFID tags the size of small pepper grains, packaged in grenades, mortar rounds, artillery shells. Their cases are modeled after seeds and pollen that sticks effectively to animals & such, colored to match local dirt and grime.

How it works:

Your unit is taking fire, so you call in a couple of rounds of artillery that cover the enemy position in tags. As your guys advance, the attackers fade away as usual. That night, helicopters scan the town, and within a couple of hours, the door kicker squads are rounding up your attackers and their friends at home.

Scanners are also located at checkpoints & available as portable wand units. Every munition’s smart dust will have its own RFID serial number, so you can keep track of who was where, and ignore ones too old to be reliable markers on your insurgent targets.

Countermeasures are somewhat difficult. If you change & abandon your clothes, they will be found and the oppo gets your DNA. If you dress up head to toe in disposable rain gear, that marks you by itself at and near your ambush site. Some type of electromagnetic pulse device that kills them would be great, but the military has lots of experience designing electronics that are resistant to extreme EMP signals.

Once the stuff becomes well known, people will start using known contaminated clothing, or normal dust swept up at ambush sites, to flag their personal enemies & get them in a world of trouble. Nothing’s perfect…
By netchicken: posted on 11-9-2008

It looks like Smart Dust has been operational for quite a while.
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June 10, 2006: For the last ten years, development of "smart dust" has moved right along. "Smart Dust" is basically very miniaturized electronic devices.

This is similar to stuff like RFID, smart cards, EZ Pass and those rice grain size tracking devices you can have injected into your pets. But Smart Dust takes this all to a new level by being small enough to be disguised as dirt, the kind you can pick up in your shoes or clothing.

Each bit of Smart Dust can be given a unique serial number that, when hit with an "interrogation signal" from troops on the ground, or aircraft overhead, is broadcast back. Some forms of Smart Dust are believed to be in use in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It's also believed that Smart Dust played a role in the recent death of al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi. In this case, if someone were able to sprinkle some Smart Dust on Zarqawi's clothing, it would have been a simple matter to track him with great precision.
By netchicken: posted on 11-9-2008

Even 10 years ago they were advanced!

Ten years ago Prof Kristofer Pister and his team at Berkeley University, California began developing an intelligent surveillance sensor no larger than a grain of sand. 'Smart dust' was born.

The project's idea was for small, remote-controlled planes to sprinkle clouds of smart dust behind enemy lines, each particle of dust to be packed with state-of-the-art miniaturised electronics using laser technology to relay vital information about troop and tank movements.

The Berkeley researchers had already built a prototype micro-sensor the size of a pea. Two etched silicon chips less than five millimetres across incorporated an optical receiver and transmitter as well as a simple digital controller.

Its signals were detected 21km across San Francisco Bay. The researchers' goal was a functional sensor with two-way communication within a cubic millimetre, such a 'mote' of silicon to include a low-power receiver, converter, controller and transmitter, driven by a tiny array of solar cells.

Development has been rapid. Spy dust is now an incredibly powerful surveillance device disguised as dirt you pick up on your shoes.

Each speck is given a unique serial number that when hit with an interrogation signal from troops on the ground or by aircraft overhead, replies with intelligence.

Some forms of Smart Dust are thought to be in use in Iraq and Afghanistan and it's believed that Smart Dust played a role in the recent death of al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi, after someone sprinkled Smart Dust on Zarqawi's clothing making it easy to track him with great precision.

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By netchicken: posted on 11-9-2008

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