Weather modification is a technology once embraced by the United States (US) military as a tool to help both wartime and peacetime missions. However, interest in the ability to modify weather has waned over recent years and is now nearly nonexistent.
Proposed Statement by Ambassador Beesley to ENMOD Review Conference - 10 September 1984
As a preliminary to the formal discussions which are to take place here over the next two weeks on the Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification techniques, I should like to put before this conference the preliminary views of the Canadian delegation. We are pleased, of course, that in addition to the United States and the Soviet Union, each of us was instrumental in the formulation of this convention in the Conference of the Committee of Disarmament, some 63 countries, representing a cross-section of Western, Eastern and non-aligned and neutral states have signed the treaty and 43 have ratified it.
In 2025, US aerospace forces can “own the weather” by capitalizing on emerging technologies and focusing development of those technologies to war-fighting applications. Such a capability offers the war fighter tools to shape the battle space in ways never before possible. It provides opportunities to impact operations across the full spectrum of conflict and is pertinent to all possible futures. The purpose of this paper is to outline a strategy for the use of a future weather-modification system to achieve military objectives rather than to provide a detailed technical road map.