H432 was an OSI-sponsored government research project. Its purpose was the creation of an ultrahigh frequency alpha-wave weapon. Dr. Stanley Bacon was the chief project officer. However, after ten years, the project was ordered abandoned by Oscar Goldman when a cost-effective, portable battery for the weapon could not be developed.
Frustrated with having his life's work dismissed as impractical, Bacon found another way to power the device. He attempted to avenge himself on Oscar by putting the device in a truck, driving to a remote electrical junction, and tapping directly into a main civilian power grid. While this demonstrated the weapon's practical success, it also put the lives of an entire town in jeopardy (Population Zero).