Eliminate Infrastructure Kinetically

Posted by hornlo on August 14th, 2008 filed in Life-Society, Sci-Tech

“… they could have […] eliminated the infrastructure kinetically”, according to Gadi Evron in “Internet Attacks Against Georgian Websites” (and followup).

There is a plethora of commentary on the Georgian situation, so I’m not going to discuss it here. However, the concept of eliminating infrastructure kinetically did ping my interesting phrases meter, so I’m sharing that with you. From a bit of Googling, it appears that Evron’s post is the origin of the phrase in this context.

“Kinetic” weapons are a trope of science fiction, from small projectile weapons to gigantic asteroids dropped on unsuspecting planets, but I don’t recall seeing the phrase used very often in general discussion. Perhaps it’s fairly common in the warfare community.

image: NASA, (253) mathilde.jpg, Wikimedia Commons

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