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