Defense and National Security Nano, Nanomaterials, and Nanotechnologies

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies and Defense and National Security implications.

We would like to welcome and encourage you to post items of interest to the nanomaterials and nanotechnologies community at large, especially defense-related and national-security applications. This blog is dedicated to exploring and discussing the implications of nanomaterial sand nanotechnologies on defense and national security of all countries. Examples of topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to, nanomaterials for explosives, propellants, etc. (energetics, in general); chemical-agent-resistant coatings (CARC); biomedical applications; camouflage (visible, IR/laser, etc.) applications; WMD detection and neutralization; armor (transparent and nontransparent, ceramic-/polymer-based) ) and anti-armor applications; terrestrial vehicular components (spark plugs, glow plugs, engine coolants, etc.); and aerospace components (this list is not at all all-inclusive, but only just illustrative). Another example might be how nanomaterials and nanotechnologies could affect the balance of power in the world - power could be economic and/or military. We ask you that you post constructive information ands that you not post personal, defamatory, or derogatory, information. We thank you, in advance, for your active participation and exchange of ideas!

To me, specifically, two countries are of great interest - China and the U. S. How do we - nanomaterials scientists/engineers/nanotechnologists and others - see the U. S.' and China's investment in the nanomaterials and nanotechnologies field? Should the U. S. be concerned about the Chinese nanotechnology spending? If yes, how much should it be concerned? What about India? Taiwan? South Korea? Singapore? European countries - Germany, the U. K., France, etc.? I feel that China and India are real threats to the U. S. dominance, because of their raw purchasing parity; i. e., $1 will go much further in China and India than in the U. S. Also, I strongly believe that nanotechnology is an amalgam of all the disciplines (engineering and life sciences). China and India graduate a significantly higher number of students in these disciplines than any other developed nation. Hence, these two countries are quite well-positioned to surpass the U. S. In my opinion, the U. S. should foster the nanotechnology industry just as it did (if not significantly better) manufacturing sector during WWII. The U. S. is already falling behind (despite almost a $1 billion in NNI spending). Let us hear your opinions. Good starter links for this blog could be:




  • Newsmax columnist and author LEV NAVROZOV sounded the alarm about China stating his belief that they are in the process of harnessing nanotechnology that will be used aginst the West. The United States is ignoring the fact that China is spending billions developing "post nuclear weapons" through such R&D efforts as project 863, NAVROZOV contends.

    By Blogger India Nano, at 8/14/2005 06:04:00 AM  

  • There is research underway in bioactive nanomaterials and structures not only for the delivery of treatment drugs/medicines, but also of actively manipulating biological structures in living beings using nanomaterials/machines/structures. I worry that this technology could be used to create man-made biological weapons for which there are no antidotes/vaccines/etc. Since it isn't natural, our immune systems cannot fight it. You can be sure China has no ethical problems with persuing such research.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/16/2005 01:23:00 PM  

  • Okay Anonymous:
    What do we do about it? Any suggestions?
    Nano Guru.

    By Blogger Nano Guru, at 12/16/2005 08:16:00 PM  

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