From wood batons to stun batons to water cannons to sound cannons to. . .\u0026nbsp; frickin\u0026#039; plasma lasers that can \u0022vaporize\u0022 your skin?Recent reporting out of the Pentagon reveals that the U.S. military is working on perfecting what they called a Scalable Compact Ultra-short Pulse Laser System (SCUPLS)—or plasma gun, for short—intended for mounting on a truck or a tank.Billed as the military\u0026#039;s latest \u0022crowd control\u0022 technology, what this has typically meant is a new \u0022non-lethal\u0022 weapon designed for use by militaries or police forces against unruly demonstrators or those standing against powerful state actors or corporate forces.According to U.S. government documents, the aim of the ongoing project is to develop \u0022a lightweight and energy efficient next-generation Ultra-Short Pulse Laser (USPL) system that can produce sustainable and controllable plasma at range capable of inducing a full spectrum of scalable non-lethal effects.\u0022 As a so-called \u0022scalable\u0022 weapon, it will be able to shoot not only piercing sounds, but also \u0022burn off\u0022 or \u0022vaporize\u0022 human skin, and ultimately could be used to kill its target.As the Daily Mail recently explained, the weapon will be able to \u0022produce a range of effects\u0022:At the lowest setting, the weapon can produce speech, and it will be able to warn people up to 3,200 feet (1,000m) away by delivering voice messages.\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;When it gets closer, the weapon will\u0026nbsp; deliver a \u0026#039;Flash-bang effect\u0026#039; by sending an \u0026#039;acoustic blast of ~ 165+ dB at minimum distance of 100 meters\u0026#039;.It will also be able to send a \u0026#039;Flash blind effects (6-8 million candela)\u0026#039; momentarily blinding people at minimum distance of 100 meters\u0026nbsp;The highest setting of the current model will let loose \u0026#039;Full scalable thermal ablative effects\u0026#039; through common natural clothing (i.e., fabric, denim, leather, etc.) at minimum distance of 100 meters. This would painfully vaporize the outer layer of skin – rather than burning it will be turned into gas.Vaporizing skin? Yes, that\u0026#039;s precisely what \u0022scalable thermal ablative effects\u0022 means.Ultimately, as the government\u0026#039;s program plan lays out, the weapon would \u0022have direct application to many other U.S. Government agencies as well as civilian law enforcement. The Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Justice, the Secret Service, and Customs and Border Protection also desire this full spectrum of effects capability. The ability to non-lethally interdict a threatening person or persons has utility in many security and crowd control applications to include several municipal applications.\u0022Of course, what this often means is using such a weapon—as has long been true with other \u0022crowd control\u0022 technologies—in order to intimidate or put down public protest or organized demonstrations that are seen as threatening to powerful interests.