New DARPA “self-steering bullets” will find you anywhere

Soon, America’s finest will not even need to be particularly good shots to export freedom and democracy to every last nook and cranny of the globe. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has released a video detailing the latest progress on what it calls a “self-steering bullet.”
Funded to the tune of almost $3 billion a year, DARPA designs technologies to more efficiently and more quietly dispatch any who would challenge America’s aspirations to hold sway over the world. Some of DARPA’s other projects have included a solar-powered surveillance blimp that hovers in the stratosphere watching over everything (ironically named “ISIS“) and a synthetic polio virus. For defense, of course. This latest technology, dubbed EXACTO (Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance), “seeks to improve sniper effectiveness and enhance troop safety by allowing greater shooter standoff range and reduction in target engagement timelines.”
A still demonstrating the EXACTO system changing a bullet's trajectory. From the EXACTO project page.

A still demonstrating the EXACTO system changing a bullet’s trajectory. From the EXACTO project page.

Since Google Translate doesn’t have a propaganda to English option, allow me to take my own shot at this: EXACTO will someday make it easier for snipers all over the world to murder people with .50 caliber bullets (the kind that tear people in half) even more quickly and from even further away than before. According to yesterday’s press release, the program completed its most successful round of live-fire tests in February:
“True to DARPA’s mission, EXACTO has demonstrated what was once thought impossible: the continuous guidance of a small-caliber bullet to target,” said Jerome Dunn, DARPA program manager. “This live-fire demonstration from a standard rifle showed that EXACTO is able to hit moving and evading targets with extreme accuracy at sniper ranges unachievable with traditional rounds. Fitting EXACTO’s guidance capabilities into a small .50-caliber size is a major breakthrough and opens the door to what could be possible in future guided projectiles across all calibers.”

Will a self-steering bullet needlessly empower snipers?

Are you pretty bad at shooting a gun but still want to murder foreigners driven to the brink after decades of invasion, dispossession, instability, and economic deprivation by heavily armed foreign superpowers? Then this tidbit from the press release will be music to your ears: Even “a novice shooter using the system for the first time hit a moving target” in DARPA’s latest tests. If that isn’t Grade A recruitment material, I don’t know what is. Perhaps this news will be a comfort to some of those who worry aloud whether all of those extrajudicial drone assassinations institutionalized by the Obama administration are taking a little too much of the humanity out of warfare.
For more on the EXACTO live fire tests and the technology behind these self-steering bullets, check out this video from DARPA:

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Adam Cameron spent his academic career learning about Iran, but ultimately decided that a job in the military-security-industrial complex just wasn't for him. He worked with Iranian refugees for a few years and has always dreamed of being a writer. He lives in North Hollywood, California in an 8-bit cocoon made out of an elaborate blanket fort covered in Adventure Time posters.

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