The Power and Promise of High Power Electromagnetic Weapons

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April 24, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: April 24 on

How effective would you be without your electronics? The US Air Force currently has the technology to win many battles without harming a soul. Mary Lou Robinson, Chief of the High Power Electromagnetics Division of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base, takes us into the world of high-tech electromagnetic warfare– and why we aren”t using it.

Mary Lou Robinson is Division Chief for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s High Power Electromagnetic research and development work at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM. She leads over 80 military and civilians in executing roughly $50 million per year to transition technologies to improve U.S national security capabilities.

Ms. Robinson has worked for the U.S. Air Force for 23 years both as an officer and as a civil servant. Her family has a strong sense of patriotism, as her husband retired after 20 years active duty in the U.S. Air Force, her oldest son is active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard, and her youngest son will enter active duty with the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Embrey Riddle Aeronautical University, a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and an aerospace-focused MBA from the University of Tennessee.