semantic drift: "disrupt" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Sat Jan 19 00:06:35 UTC 2008

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This didn't sound too unusual to me.  But I searched through Newsbank's
"Armed Services and Government News" and "Military Periodicals" and got
nothing similar.

No "Disrupt" AND IED/Bomb/EOD.

No "Disrupt the vehicle/bomb/device/IED".

I'd have thought something would have come up.

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> The D.C. police are at the moment employing a bomb-squad
> robot called "Robocop" (maybe a trademark?) to investigate a
> suspicious vehicle. The police spokesperson is describing the
>   procedure, which includes knocking out a window with a
> robotic arm, as "disrupting the vehicle."  She says too that,
> once it had broken its way inside, the robot could fire a
> stream of water "to further disrupt the vehicle."
>   I'd have said "neutralize," but "disrupt" seems to be the
> term of art.
>   JL
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