The Navy Is Incinerating Hard Drives About Laser Weapon Research

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Burn Book

One of the Navy’s advanced weaponry research facilities is about to wipe its own memory.

But instead of formatting a hard drive or two, a research office of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has a call out for contractors who would be able to incinerate some 4,000 pounds of IT equipment, hard drives, and other data storage devices down “to ash,” according to Nextgov.

Laser Beams

The NAVSEA research base in question, which is located at the Army’s White Sands Missile Range, is responsible for testing what its website calls “directed energy weapons” — laser guns, according to Nextgov — as well as rocket launch support systems. Whatever laser tests occurred there, the Navy is now taking steps to make sure that no one finds what happened.

That means that the incineration job, which is expected to take about ten hours, will be guarded around the clock to make sure that none of the highly-sensitive records survive, according to the job listing.

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