Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Meet the Invincible, Invisible Soldiers of 2001

Today’s soldiers are invisible. They can’t be harmed by bullets or chemical weapons. They can see through walls and distinguish enemy from civilian with a simple glance.

At least, that was the vision outlined in a 2001 Pentagon-funded report, “Objective Force Warrior: Another Look,” (.pdf) written by a smattering of military officers, academics, magazine editors … and the original Man Who Stared at Goats.

At the dawn of the War on Terror, the 68-person panel convened over six days at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Their assignment: Come up with a report that’d outline what the soldier of 2011 should look like.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Jim Channon drew up the artwork that accompanies the report. His name should sound familiar: Channon is the singular mind behind 1979′s “First Earth Battalion,” the project that helped inspire The Men Who Stare at Goats. Read More