November 5th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Iron Man suit, from the silver screen to the battlefield

By Larry Shaughnessy

A U.S. Special Operations soldier kicks in the door of a terrorist safe house.  The bad guys open fire with AK-47s, but the bullets just bounce off the soldier as he fires back.

It’s a scene that easily could have been included in any of the hugely successful “Iron Man” movies, but the man who runs U.S. Special Forces Command, Adm. William McRaven, wants to make it reality, and soon.

McRaven gave the green light to what the Pentagon officially calls a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, but everyone refers to it colloquially as “The Iron Man suit.”

McRaven recently spoke about losing a special operator in Afghanistan. "I would like that last operator to be the last one we ever lose," he said.

“If you think of that operator at the breech point of that door, and he’s got to open that door, not knowing what’s on the other side, he’s got to be in position to be protected as soon as that door opens.”

Many of the technologies that could be incorporated into McRaven’s idea of an Iron Man suit already exist. “But they still exist separately. So they are taking them all and they are putting them together,” said former Navy SEAL Chris Heben.

For example, Raytheon and the military have been working for two years on an exoskeleton that allows a soldier to lift 17 times the weight he normally could.

A company named Springactive has devices that attach to a soldier’s boots that converts every step the soldier takes into electricity that could power his equipment.

Even Adidas, one of the world’s top sports equipment companies, uses a technology for top soccer teams that could be easily adapted for teams of Special Operators.

“I can see exactly what all my athletes on the field are doing," Adidas project manager Matt Hymers said.

On the battlefield, each soldier would carry on his back a small device about the size of a deck of cards that measures heart rate, perspiration, speed, distance and has a GPS in it to pinpoint his location and the location of his fellow troops. And the commander could monitor the whole team in real time.

Heben said if everything works out, TALOS will “take a group of guys that are extremely high functioning on the battlefield and make them completely unstoppable.”

soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. alextraceyjunk

    Hmm... At first glance I thought, WOW! That is way cool!! Superheros come to life! You've got to be kidding me.

    Second thought: On the flip side, all that's happening is that we are creating a robotic form of war. The USA will not be the only nation to use this technology, if it is even possible. Yes, they say that it will be used to save people, and it probably will, but it will also be used to kill. We are moving toward robotic warfare, what is going to come next?

    November 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  2. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I think that the suit will be possible and successful but too expensive to mass produce.

    November 16, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Reply
  3. Josh

    I swear there coping halo

    November 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  4. StormySyndrome

    I personally believe we wont quit until we create the invincible man..... by then, we very well may use it against ourselves.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  5. RDH

    Hopefully some day man kind evolves away from the use of force and adopts the non aggression principle. Its scary to think what will happen when this technology is used by evil men.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Unfortunately RDH, this technology is currently being developed by evil men here in Washington D.C. in order to further their evil plans of future conquests around the world! This is just more evidence the Fascism didn't die in 1945 along with Hitler and Mussolini! This is sickening just to say the least!

      November 5, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Reply
      • ChrisF

        Joseph, been seeing many of your posts lately. I have never seen anyone more aligned to communism than you. You are the most misinformed poster I have seen in quite a while. Try living and interacting outside the country before you make statements about the US and our foreign policy. You know nothing of the middle east except what you read and see on TV. I am guessing you had some of the most liberal professors on the planet who dont realize the truth is generally somewhere in the middle. Many dont venture outside their books and spout nonsense in the classroom based on politics, not fact. They sensationalize small examples and dont know the real history of why we (the US) does what we do. Dont blame our foreign policy unless you are willing to live in some of these regions and learn the hard way of what they really are like .....we far exceed the standard when it comes to rights and justice (believe it or not) when you take into account the size of our population and the length of time we have been around. Eutopia will never exist and you need to get over it. I think you are best suited to live in a small country that can stay out of foreign policy and only worry about their tiny economy because others are willing to step up and keep the greater threats at bay.

        November 6, 2013 at 11:23 am |
      • George patton

        Tell me ChrisF, just what so just just about our torturing those political prisoners at Gitmo and and elsewhere and what's so just about our slaughtering people in the Middle East and Central Asia with those ungodly drones of ours? Yes I've traveled overseas and the people over there don't think that we're so great. Besides, you need to know your history better as both Hitler and Mussolini were also right-wing fanatics just like most of our own politicians today! Moreover, do you remember what happened in Baghdad, Iraq on Feb. 13,1991 when two American pilots bombed the Amriya air raid shelter, killing well over 414 innocent civilians? To this day, no one was ever held accountable for that atrocity!

        November 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
      • Thomas_is_upon_us

        Your name is quite ironic.

        November 7, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
  6. sicksadworld

    And here I thought there was no money for public schools...

    November 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • bobcat2u

      That's correct, there is no money for schools. But hell, why should that matter ? I mean it's only our future leadership we're talking about here. Phhht. Big deal.
      As long as we are able to keep the war makers in business, why should we care !? Everybody know that the most important thing is for us to be able to kill as many people possible in an efficient manner. And we are definitely getting better at that all the time.

      November 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Reply
      • George Patton-2

        Thank you, bobcat2u. How true this is and that makes me sick!!!

        November 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
      • Airpower

        It's not a matter of what the funding is used for. Public Schools get most of their funding from the STATE they are in, Federal government (Congress) Gives the DOD the money to be given out to each branch. To pay our men and women in the service their pay, wich is laughable compared to alot of other jobs. And to provide the equipment we need to protect ourselves and those around us. TALOS is a fantastic idea, i wish we could have had it sooner, so my hometown freind who is a combat medic wouldnt have had so many people to patch up after an ambush, or a cowardly IED attack

        November 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  7. chad williamson

    The only real problem to this being a reality is power source. The "arc reactor" in Iron Man provided an effectively unlimited supply of high energy. We are decades away from that. Any suit they will design will probably work for about 30 minutes.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • Mitch

      And how much power can you generate from walking? Not enough i think.

      November 5, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  8. massconn72

    Check out the "liquid metal" suit they are working on. It's crazy looking, but the idea of it seems like it might work, and the soldier is completely protected.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  9. anchorite

    So Stan Lieber is the visionary of our time. Sad day.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  10. anchorite

    ....aaaaand now imagine that the "terrorist safe house" is your house, and the "bad guys with AK-47's" are your terrified family with TV remotes, silverware, pencils doing homework, and the guy in the suit is SSgt. Robert Bales.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • Graham Baker

      Nevermind SSgt. Bales; worry about your local SWAT team getting their mitts on some of these suits.

      November 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Reply
      • Yakobi

        I'm more worried about someone like anchorite getting ahold of one, going off the deep end and visiting some crowded area...

        November 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
  11. Yakobi

    Why stop there? Why not go the last route and make drone soldiers?
    Of course, George Lucas might sue for copyright infringement...

    November 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  12. Realityblowz

    How about we develop the technology to expand humans to the point where we no longer have to go to war with each other instead?

    November 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • Yakobi

      Sell that idea to al Qaeda and get back to us.

      November 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Reply
      • Steve

        I see the concept of 'being the bigger person' is lost on you...

        November 5, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
      • Yakobi

        You're the reason our enemies target us, Steve, because they see us as weak. Turning the other cheek is a noble concept, but in the real world that just gets both cheeks blown off.

        November 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
    • anchorite

      It's calling public schools. They're phasing those out.

      November 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  13. USAPeasant

    Nice to see the latest developments on the exo-skeleton. Been watching this in development on youtube for a little while now. Making good progress! Even outside of military I could see some very real peaceful commerical applications for this once the technology becomes perfected and more affordable. Since it augments strength, and also allows the person to do more work with less effort, this could be a great tool in heavy manual labor industries.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • Yakobi

      Not to mention the mobility it could afford to handicapped people.

      November 5, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Reply
      • anchorite

        Oh, yes, I'm sure the same military that can't afford to pay for mental health visits for our veterans, much less prosthetic limbs, until they've been on a two year waiting list, is going to be all about paying for disabled kids to have million dollar exoskeletons.

        November 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
      • Yakobi

        Blame Congress and the VA, then. The military's job is to eliminate the enemy.

        November 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • massconn72

      Just like in the "Alien" movies?

      November 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  14. move_on

    We need regenerative breaking for bullet impacts.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  15. Oscar Pitchfork

    The MAIN reason this will never work is that nearly all of their prototyping of structural parts, motors, actuators, etc., is done with the ENTIRE THING being powered by AC from a trailing cable, delivering, well, nearly as much power as they need. YOU DON'T HAVE WALL OUTLETS ON THE BATTLEFIELD! they need to start a serendipity design effort, utilizing polymers that contract under charge (yeah, they have those) with lightweight Lithioum Iron Ion batteries that take almost no time at all to charge, and can be carried by the soldier.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • dwa

      Nobody cares how smart you think you are know-it-all

      November 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • Avery S

      And the MAIN reason you're stupid is because you're stupid.

      November 7, 2013 at 8:44 am | Reply
  16. feckless

    No money to feed the sick and eldery, plenty of money for warmongering thieves to steal my taxes.

    If anyone – democrat or republican, tries to steal my money from Social Security and Medicare to give tax cuts to the 1% and pay for this kind of boondoggle, they will need an iron man suit.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  17. soulcatcher

    This idea has been around since before Ironman- see Starship Troopers, the book, not the movie.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Reply
    • not_that_different

      Yeah, but those are only 4 years apart anyway...

      November 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  18. James Walker

    Its called the Landwarrior program...DARPA has been working on it for YEARS...

    November 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Reply
    • NNN

      Exactly, the big contractors see this is a cash cow and will try to perpetuate the development for as long as they can and make it is as expensive as possible. If there was a commercial market for it, the really creative people in non-military industry would already have something working.

      November 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • Old Soldier

      No, it's not "the Landwarrior program" under DARPA. It would/or already might be under LW, but LW is under Program Manager (PM) Soldier....unless they changed the name after I retired. DARPA plays in this and many other subject. But a variant if this was in the PM Soldier arena years ago. DARPA conducts a technology transition to whichever Branch states a need. DARPA spends 6.1 R&D money for technology investigations. The first time I encountered a DARPA worker was while serving in the Army Armor School Directorate of Combat Developments (DCD) at Ft Knox. A Marine O6 showed up with a round of ammo actually designed by the Confederates but forgotten for all those years. Some parts of DARPA do great work, but all too often they turn into miserable fiascos. Their Countermine work (their electronic dog nose facility at Fort Leonard Wood was one of the worst: around $35 Million bucks down the drain). The funniest was the PM who toured the country with a box of flying insects to detect mines and IEDs: it seems the female secretes a smell identical to most explosives; if the male smells the explosives, he experiences an erection....the device "operator" uses a magnifying glass to see the erection; the operator also carries some females to "reward" the male, and not cause him to become frustrated over sensing a female but not being able to do what a guy's gotta do! Most folks laughed him out of conferences and technology demonstrations! He was a hoot. Tchuss!

      November 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  19. LI_Bri

    The government is building the infrastructure needed for a full-fledged police state. And the sheep go "bahahaha".

    November 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • Yakobi

      Your tinfoil hat is leaking.

      November 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Reply
      • ant

        Yeah they are just giving armored vehicles, high powered weaponry and drones to the police to make you safer sheep. Time to stick your head back in the sand. Btw most of the weaponry/equipment was slated to go to the military in the first place. Nothing to see there sheep move along.

        November 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  20. alex

    you will still count years to build such suits. it will need sustained power source for individual suits to be able to mobilize at war. make a stark reactor like power source to be able to do full functions. to the state of our technology today it is still under impossibility

    November 5, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  21. uh..no

    Not even remotely close to an Iron Man suite

    November 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  22. chris

    Oh great! Another military idea based on a Hollywood movie. Those of us old enough will remember how well Reagan's "Star Wars" (A.K.A. "SDI") defense worked out and how much money was wasted.

    November 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Reply
    • anthony

      some of the best ideas come from imagination and star wars did exactly what it was supposed to: Bankrupt the soviets.

      November 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Reply
      • Steve

        The Soviets didnt go bk over Star Wars, that's a myth. The Soviets went bk fighting the Afghans when they were trying to invade them. They fought for years against the Taliban, supplied and trained by us at the time.

        Know your history...

        November 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • uh..no

      wow, you're not too bright...that had NOTHING to do with the Star Wars movies.

      November 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Reply
      • Joe Mama

        What you mean we weren't building light sabers? Gosh darn it!

        November 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
    • Yakobi

      Actually, Chris, it worked out rather well. Many new innovations came of that–some of which you'll never know–including the ability of ground-launched anti-missile systems.

      November 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  23. hatefulhappy

    LOL the CGI video looks like the nano suit in Crysis. That is what these guys need. Just image search nanosuit.

    November 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  24. James

    In b4 Space Marine

    November 5, 2013 at 11:57 am | Reply
  25. EPM

    "Not another special operator dead" I can imagine that this is exactely what the pitch was back in antiquity when they started developing body armor plates: "Our soldiers will be invulnerable to arrows, spears and swords!" Just how many soldiers have died since? Any "armor" will always be vulnerable to powerfull enough booby-traps, IEDs, hand grenades and other "basic" anti-personnel weapons. Once on the ground, Ironman will be like a turtle on its back, waiting to be shot! And then someone will imagine the invisible shield... and pay big bucks to have it developed!

    November 5, 2013 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • fred

      you realize a lot of the technology in use today by the civilian population was developed first by the military?

      ever hear of the internet?

      November 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  26. michael

    that is a wast of money -.-

    November 5, 2013 at 11:32 am | Reply
    • Recino

      I hate it when we "wast" money.

      November 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Reply
    • Yakobi

      The only waste is the time spent reading your comment.

      November 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  27. Random

    :) I would love to be R&D for this.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:29 am | Reply
  28. Jmacq1

    The problem, I think is that while the exoskeleton increases the amount of weight a soldier can carry by itself, once you pile on the type of armor necessary to reliably deflect AK-47 rounds (much less higher-caliber rounds...people really don't realize how powerful genuine "assault rifles" can be thanks to Hollywood), that "strength gain" ends up pretty much negated. Then you also start to run into environmental concerns (heat, cold, NBC warfare, call of nature, etc...) and have to pile on even MORE equipment to make the thing viable...until eventually those "spring chargers" they mention aren't enough to keep the suit powered for longer than 5 minutes or so. That's not saying anything as to how hard it might be to aim your weapon properly with all that additional bulk to interfere with movement....

    Not to say it couldn't eventually become viable technology, and maybe some things are further along than we know, but on the surface turning a soldier into a "walking tank" seems impractical at present.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • hatefulhappy

      Im sure all those things wont be implemented in V10 of the suit, but practical things like the boots that generate electricity or aiming assistance programs are already available. Sniper scopes exist that can do all the math and calculate exactly where you need to fire your ordinance to take out the intended targets. Ill bet the boots are already being used in combat operations. Give this tech 5 or 10 years, and remember, what they are telling us about now, theyve had for 5 to 10 years, at least.

      November 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Reply
      • hatefulhappy

        srry should have said v1.0 of the suit

        November 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
      • NNN

        You're not going to go against the basic physics. The crummy little flea power boot chargers have been around for over half a century in one form or another, but they're only good for powering light weight equipment or storing enough energy to power lightweight equipment. Work out = work input times an efficiency factor less than one, seems to be beyond the grasp of the military mentality.

        November 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
  29. Reed Rothchild

    ACTIVATE KRUGER!!!!

    November 5, 2013 at 11:12 am | Reply
  30. John McKane

    This is the kind of idiocy the right-wing thugs spend our hard earned tax money on while they just recently announced a cut in food stamps for the needy. No wonder we cannot balance the budget. This is getting quite ludicrous!

    November 5, 2013 at 11:10 am | Reply
    • RMRondo

      Yea cause its not like military R&D has given us huge leaps forward in technology which has benefited billons of people over the last century, total waste of money. Lets just give it all away to poor people so they become dependent on government handouts forever instead of advancing society so poverty can be abolished so everyone won't need a handout, way better use of the money.

      November 5, 2013 at 11:37 am | Reply
      • SkipBo

        Maybe the suits could be given to Law Enforcement officials so the "left wing thugs" who demand everything and pay for nothing couldn't kill them during drug busts.

        November 5, 2013 at 11:54 am |
      • Portland tony

        Small government R&D programs, aside from putting smart folks to work really do create bunches of jobs for many Americans when products are ready for prime time. Yes we need to temporarily aid the less fortunate. Since the beginning of time and in every society there are the poor, the middle working class and the super rich..... Everyone can't be wealthy. Somebody has to dig a ditch!

        November 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
    • Brandon

      Needy people! Thats exactly what they are. They depend on the government for food stamps and Obama cell phones because they choose not to get an education and accelerate their lives. Remember the Tennessee incident? The aunt leaves the house and it caught on fire while the two boys left home alone, ages 2 and 3, burned to death. She was more worried about the food stamps on the table. Lets take care of these kinds of people. Gotta get those votes in.

      November 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Reply
      • Sean

        Yes because everyone on food stamps is just like that women (are you daft)? Food stamp recipient's include military families, the under paid Wal-Mart employees, people struggling to feed their kids (that republicans ONLY seem to care about until they are out of the womb). Now about your "Free Phones" it started as a land line based program I believe sometime in the 90s. Since that time, "the usage of cell phones rose and the costs came down also remember that the FCC has mandated the program, so it only makes sense to expand the phone assistance program to include cell phones. So, in 2008 the first application of this program for mobile phones began when a company called Tracfone started their Safelink Wireless service in Tennessee.
        Aha, some say, that’s the same year Obama was elected! Well, that’s true. But the service in Tennessee was launched three months prior to Obama being elected. And that means the discussion and approval of the extension of the program occurred under President Bush’s watch. "
        So not to be accused of plagiarism (like Rand Paul) I did in fact copy parts of my post from the web hence not all the wording is mine alone.

        November 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
      • George patton

        Good grief Brandon, do you really begrudge the poor the basic necessities of life such as food and shelter? Then again, most Tea Partiers feel the same way you do. I, on the other hand, begrudge the M.I.C. the funds it needs in order to make more efficient killing machines and these nonsensical suits that they're bragging about on this post!!!

        November 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
      • the REAL George S. Patton

        I was wondering when my evil twin would rise like a zombie spouting nonsense about this MIC cabal.

        November 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
      • George patton

        I see that there's another Tea partying joker above taking up for the cursed M.I.C. in Washington, pretending to be me! I love the way these jokers defend the Pentagon and it's freeloading off the American public, especially defending these idiotic suits!!!

        November 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
  31. Kitsune

    I'm still waiting for Skynet

    November 5, 2013 at 11:03 am | Reply
  32. PushingBack

    Yay! Let's spend more money on ridiculous toys!

    November 5, 2013 at 10:42 am | Reply
    • RMRondo

      Yea lets not develop new ways to keep our solders safe and just pocket the money at the expensive of their lives, great plan.

      November 5, 2013 at 11:39 am | Reply
      • jroth420

        Here's a new way to keep our soldiers safe: stop sending them to war for no good reason. Novel thought huh?

        November 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
      • Yakobi

        A better idea, jroth420 (gee– I wonder what the "420" means), let's send you in the soldiers' place.

        November 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
  33. Portland tony

    The Achilles heel of any such device is the power source and/or "brain" which controls everything the user chooses to do. If used in combat the control unit must be super reliable, easily replaced, and virtually indestructible. An almost impossible task. It may have police SWAT or special ops applications, but in military combat scenarios, I doubt it's value. Maybe in the future a cyborg of science fiction lore will be developed combining man and machine.....But by that time let's hope the concept of war has long been forgotten. Ha! I have visuals of the ending scenes of "Terminator II"

    November 5, 2013 at 10:35 am | Reply
  34. rhobere

    correction: Raytheon bought SARCOS about 4 years ago. SARCOS designed and built the exoskeleton over the previous decade.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:25 am | Reply
  35. sybaris

    old news, been working on it for at least a decade

    November 5, 2013 at 9:49 am | Reply
    • southmost

      And it's been in pop culture since at least 1959 (Starship Troopers).

      November 5, 2013 at 10:23 am | Reply
  36. The man

    and if the enemy throws an EMP granade at the and shut down all eletronic systems? then what? they should clearly have portable backup power that is lightweight.

    November 5, 2013 at 9:36 am | Reply
    • sleestack

      EMP grenades? Yeah...and after the enemy throws those, they'll pull out their light sabers and blasters. Then they'll hop in their starships and fly to the cantina on Tattooine to celebrate.

      EMP grenades...LOL!

      November 5, 2013 at 10:19 am | Reply
      • Ed

        They do have them down to the size of large suitcases. It's just a matter of time.

        November 5, 2013 at 10:33 am |
      • kake79

        I guess you missed the Army basically announcing they had those back in 2009. Just google EMP grenade (yes, you get a lot of hits for video games but interspersed are various article, one from Wired that I saw). Here's a quote from one article:

        "EMP grenade technology is out there, but I've never had my hands on one," said Col Laurie Buckhout, chief of the newly formed Electronic Warfare Division, Army Operations, Readiness and Mobilization.

        The target may be a small building or a village, she said, and so a small jammer could be used, or EMP grenades.

        November 5, 2013 at 10:43 am |
    • joe

      umm am sure they already have that in mind. they are not dump and think about all the electric stuff is going to be inside the suit not outside.

      November 5, 2013 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • Shortround

      Most military technology is EMP shielded... This more than likely will be too.

      November 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Reply
    • Yakobi

      They could always just wrap it in the tinfoil hats some people here are wearing.

      November 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  37. da

    My concern would be that the suits are so complex, maintenance and cost of maintaining these suits would be a nightmare. Only a very select group of people would be fitted with these I suspect. After all, a simple addition of dragon armor/bullet proof vests would "save lives," but these items are not standard and the soldiers and their parents often end up buying these things themselves.

    November 5, 2013 at 8:55 am | Reply
    • kneesus

      But think of all the tax dollars we spend on contractors...

      November 5, 2013 at 9:18 am | Reply
    • BoThome

      You realize most electronic military equipment is extremely complex and difficult to repair, right? From UAV drones and thermal vision googles to the new stealth destroyers and F35's, all cost millions/billions to design/create/maintain.

      Also, DragonSkin armor isn't as great as their propaganda led us to believe. The Army rejected the design from Pinnacle Systems when they found the ceramic discs inside the armor, with wear and tear/drops/temperature, could shift out of place and open up gaps in the armor for projectiles to pass right through.

      November 5, 2013 at 9:21 am | Reply
  38. saywhat

    I'm just cracking up that the acronym for the suit is TALOS

    MIGHTY TALOS, YOU WERE MAN AND NOW ARE DIVINE! WE ARE BUT MAGGOTS BENEATH YOUR FEET!

    November 5, 2013 at 8:42 am | Reply
  39. John

    Great, more stuff to carry. Meanwhile, our enemies are building bombs out of our trash and adapt to our equipment. Maybe we should spend less on the military and more on school. We have great equipment when it works, but a lot of the guys I led were dumb as rocks.

    November 5, 2013 at 8:25 am | Reply
    • Adam

      You have no idea how many of them we kill compare to them killing us do you? Roughly 150,000 for 5,000 of our guys was one point not to long ago. The problem is they multiply like rabbits and they also have something we don't. Hate.

      November 5, 2013 at 8:57 am | Reply
      • Adam

        Not to mention, most of the people who join infantry, are not going to be your college guys.

        November 5, 2013 at 8:58 am |
      • Vegas82

        Aren't statistical ratios usually reduced? Especially when it's such an easy reduction to 30:1. I guess it doesn't have the same impact unless you multiply it by 5k.

        November 5, 2013 at 9:05 am |
      • BobPitt

        that is an American perspective, I think the hate is mutual..

        November 5, 2013 at 10:21 am |
      • gaf

        Right Adam, you don't have HATE...you don't hate them...idiot

        November 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
    • Alex

      They probably had a subpar leader.

      November 5, 2013 at 9:01 am | Reply
    • SAM

      John you either are a fake who never were in any armed forces, completely incompetent as a leader or a failure as a serviceman who is now bitter becuase you could not sustain the transformation after bootcamp or OCS.

      November 5, 2013 at 9:09 am | Reply
      • Brett

        I thought the exact same thing when I read his comment!

        November 5, 2013 at 9:59 am |
    • BoThome

      The whole point of this armor is that it carries itself. Not only that, it augments the user's strength and increases the distance they can travel because they are basically "driving" this armor suit around, and the suit itself has motors / "muscles" to not only lift itself, but to help the user carry even more equipment with less exertion.

      One man could potentially do the work of 10, and still have a piece of equipment to use to break into a hostile area and clear it by themselves thanks to the armor. If they can make the armor IED resistant, that would be a huge step forward for bomb disposal personnel.

      November 5, 2013 at 9:26 am | Reply
      • soulcatcher

        There's not much defense for some of the IEDs out there. The suit might survive, the soldier won't. Think Chunk Salsa or scrambled eggs for brains. Drone/Robot Better, except for hacking vulnerability.

        The movie Dune had a good idea from personal shield generators that could stop an IED. You have to: A) stop a blast B) stop projectiles caused from the blast C) Stop secondary blast waves from being near solid objects. By then, we'd probably have black hole droppers.

        November 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
    • Recino

      This will make things EASIER to carry. Much more so.

      November 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  40. Aaron

    what about the Trojan armor made by Troy Hurtubise? That would be a good starting point...

    November 5, 2013 at 8:11 am | Reply
  41. KHarrington

    If it helps save our troops in battle...its a great idea!

    November 5, 2013 at 8:09 am | Reply
    • John

      Well, that is how they sell it. Used to be, "kills a lot of the enemy." Now it is, "saves the lives of our service members." We must not forget that this is an industry like any other, just draped in the flag. My first hand experience has led me to doubt all these claims, and instead suspect some retired officers who got contractor jobs and then come back and sell trash to their friends who run contracting.

      November 5, 2013 at 8:30 am | Reply
      • m

        John you hit the nail right on the head. Follow the money even Ike said beware the Military Industrial Complex

        November 5, 2013 at 8:49 am |
      • Yakobi

        Why that's true to a point, eventually the military will adopt what works and discard what doesn't (or tweak it until it does). It's the big prize–a lucrative long-term contract–that they all chase.

        November 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  42. Marty

    Hmmm where will this lead,..trans-humanism/de-humanization "evolve-or-die"?....Google Glass sure looks like a cyborg-ish like already...and techno/rave music sounds sure robotic not human making folk move like them damn robots. GOD help us !

    November 5, 2013 at 7:24 am | Reply
    • SentTheWave

      Don't be an idiot.

      November 5, 2013 at 8:07 am | Reply
  43. Jack

    The Army already has an Iron-man suit. It's called a tank.

    November 5, 2013 at 7:05 am | Reply
    • southmost

      Tanks can't climb stairs, scale a cliff, or clear a building (other than by blowing it up, and drones do that better).

      November 5, 2013 at 10:26 am | Reply
      • hatefulhappy

        Youre right, they just get rid of those obstacles all together, with a cannon.

        November 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm |

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.