Nuke Test, Too Close for Comfort
When a nuclear warhead detonates, you don't want to be anywhere nearby. And you definitely don't want to be taking cover just a couple of miles away. But during the Cold War, a handful of soldiers were ready to start a nuke fight, right up-close and personal, using portable launchers and low-yield bombs.
In the 1960s, the Army had more than two thousand guns meant for launching small nukes, each with a maximum range of only 2.5 miles. The Army lit one of those firecrackers in the Nevada desert during the summer of 1962 while Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy watched. It exploded only 1.7 miles from where it was launched, and was the last above-ground nuclear explosion conducted by the United States.
Squirting jihadists with sticky foam may seem like a silly plan, but the Army did explore the option of using goo guns on enemy combatants, if only briefly. Since then, the government has awarded a contract to Adherent Technologies, a materials-research firm. That firm aims to develop an adhesive polymer that could stop vehicles in their tracks, without harming its occupants.
As the nature of warfare changes, favoring urban combat and regional conflicts rather than conventional combat, the military is gaining a great deal of interest in less-lethal weapons. It's honestly interested in keeping civilian casualties to a minimum, for practical reasons. Every time an innocent gets killed, it stokes the fires of insurgents and looks awful at home.
Many units are equipped with dazzlers, extremely bright laser pointers that can be used in lieu of a warning shot, or as a means of blinding hostiles. And some have the long-range acoustic device, a sound cannon that can be used to issue verbal warnings, or deafen anyone who stands in its path.
The goo gun is freaky as anything, good God!