Posted: 9:14 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2013
By Rick Couri
The agency is opening their wallets to the tune of around $315,000 for the 21 month study.
The research will look into what’s called geoengineering, or solar radiation management.
The technique involves placing particles into the atmosphere that reflect sunlight away from Earth and help remove carbon dioxide.
Those actions could change the way weather acts.
So why is the CIA interested in the weather?
"It's natural that on a subject like climate change the Agency would work with scientists to better understand the phenomenon and its implications on national security," a CIA spokesperson said.
One example took place during the Vietnam War when the United States Air Force tried seeding clouds to create rain.
The goal was to cause the Ho Chi Minh Trail to be muddy and hard to navigate, giving US troops an advantage.
Another concern is that a foreign power might get the technology first.
"This whole issue of lone actors, do we need to be concerned about China acting unilaterally," one researcher asked.
Here’s something different.
This research will be un-unclassified and available to anyone.
"There's nothing nefarious going on here," an NAS official said.