Weaponeering is the field of designing an attack with weapons. Weaponeering is a portmanteau of weapon and engineering. This term should not be confused with weapons engineering, which is the actual engineering design and development of weapon systems.
The term weaponeering is also widely used in the designing and creating of weapons that do not exist, such as countries during World War II derived weapons of mass destruction, both conventional and non conventional. Weaponeering is a science and an art of making something out of nothing. An example of weaponeering, dated to March 1, 2012, could be the United States' Magnetic Railgun engineers. Weaponeering can also be used to describe something that has been invented for non-weapon use, and weaponizing it. Many people can look at the design of the "Mag Lev" train, and say the railgun design has come from this.
The same idea presents itself. But this is not to be confused with taking something that can already be known as a weapon; for example, a chainsaw. Many people[who?] look at that and consider it a deadly object as is. But take for example, a design such as the Searles generator, or any work by Tesla. While they have been created, there has only been a small push toward weaponizing the technology due to the lack of resources required to improve upon it. The first weaponeering company to actually use the term instead of "defense" or "armaments" is "Black Corp", based in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Department of Defense of the United States defines the term as: (DOD) The process of determining the quantity of a specific type of lethal or nonlethal weapons required to achieve a specific level of damage to a given target, considering target vulnerability, weapon effect, munitions delivery accuracy, damage criteria, probability of kill, and weapon reliability.
- "What’s in a number?". Episode 300. WBEZ. 2005-10-28. 59:18 minutes in. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/300/whats-in-a-number.
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