Saturday, February 9, 2008

HAARP Places First On List For DARPA Award

DARPA Hearts HAARP; Tinfoil Hats Melt
By Sharon Weinberger

Depending on who you talk to, HAARP -- the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program --- is either an ionosphere-boiling superweapon, a giant mind control facility, a pork project par excellence, or some kind of defense against nukes in space. But no matter what the project does, one thing is clear: DARPA, the Pentagon's R&D arm, absolutely loves it. At last week's DARPATech conference, HAARP's main contractor was first on the list to receive an award from the agency:

BAE Systems Advanced Technologies, Washington, D.C., received the award for Significant Technical Achievement for outstanding leadership and engineering innovation in the design, construction, and activation of the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) instrument in Gakona, Alaska. The HAARP instrument is critical to the understanding and prediction of space weather for satellite operations at low earth orbit and is invaluable as a ground-based test bed for applications requiring a flexible source of high frequency, extremely low frequency, and very low frequency radiation.

These days, DARPA is funding HAARP through its cutely acronymed Slight of HAND project, which seeks to mitigate the effects of High Altitude Nuclear Detonations (HAND) on low earth orbiting spacecraft. Agency Director Tony Tether once headed a panel that advocated using HAARP to do just that (thus the likely origin of Sleight of HAND). And I've heard that, lately, he's been trying to drum up interest (and funding) for HAARP.

Everybody has a theory about why HAARP gets so much government love. Arms Control Wonk has pointed to possible financial interests. And then, well, there's the whole weather control theory. I've got no idea, so I'm just going to hope they announce a "public day" soon so I can check it out for myself.

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