December 4th, 2012
06:55 PM ET

The science behind camo

The Army is ready to buy different camouflage for its fatigues and equipment, just eight years after troops in Afghanistan were outfitted with new uniform.

The move to a different uniform comes after soldiers, many of them redeploying to Afghanistan, began voicing their criticism in the summer of 2009 of the "universal" camouflage pattern, introduced in 2004 and meant to be used in all types of battle environments.

The problem: the one-size-fits-all approach of the universal pattern wasn't working.

CNN's Chris Lawrence spoke to one camo designer, whose three patterns are in running to outfit U.S. soldiers. But the developer has his eyes set even further down the road, to technology that can make U.S. troops invisible on the battlefield.

Click here for the full story on the Army's selection process.

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  20. Paul

    Soldiers were critizing the UCP pattern in the ACUs long before 2009. Soldiers started critizing that horrible "camouflage" as soon as it was introduced.

    Tim, I'm willing to bet that they didn't interview Crye because Crye is not in the running.

    December 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  21. Tim Kenney

    Why didn't you interview Crye Precision, the makers of currently the most effective universal camoflage: multicam. They have consistently understood what patterns, colors and designs work most efficiently in the field. And no, I am not on their payroll and this is not a plug.

    December 5, 2012 at 9:46 am | Reply

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