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The inside story behind the Pentagon’s ill-fated quest for a real-life ‘Iron Man’ suit
The U.S. military's fascination with the science-fiction future of mechanized warfare stretches back a half-century.
This smart-soldier gear may succeed where SOCOM’s ‘Iron Man’ suit failed
U.S. Special Operations Command wants to equip small teams of operators with advanced smart-soldier gear to stay connected with intel assets anywhere in the world — even if they have to tap into commercial phone networks
Inside SOCOM’s effort to build a ‘hyper-enabled operator’ who can outsmart the enemy at every turn
Rather than focusing on physical advantages like body armor or load-bearing exoskeletons, the so-called 'hyper enabled operator' of the future will be cognitively enhanced, able to "think better and think faster"
SOCOM is working on a mechanical ‘third arm’ that may tout a drone-killing weapon system
U.S. special operations forces could eventually deploy with an articulated mechanical 'third arm' that could potentially detect, track, and classify incoming unmanned aerial systems
SOCOM is field testing lightweight body armor originally developed for its ‘Iron Man’ suit
U.S. special operations forces are currently field testing a lightweight combat armor designed to cover more of an operator's body than previous protective gear
SOCOM’s Iron Man suit is officially dead
While SOCOM promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, officials told Task & Purpose that much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad