DARPA Funds Project to Speed Up Super Soldiers

DARPA Funds Project to Speed Up Super Soldiers

Orig.src.Susanne.Posel.Daily.News- darpa.jetpack.super.soldier_occupycorporatism02Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent
September 13, 2014


Professor Thomas Sugar and Jason Kerestes, designer robotic engineer with the iProject: 4MM (4 minute mile) from Arizona State University (ASU) has been granted monies from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to create a “jetpack to increase a soldier’s speed and boost a PT record to that of a four minute a mile.”

Kerestes and Sugar’s experiment has been able to “cut some twenty seconds off of the test runner’s time so they still have another minute to hack.”

This jetpack weighs approximately 10 pounds which calls into play the fact that runners need to “expend less energy over” time to run faster.

Questions abound as to why DARPA would need to improve soldier’s running abilities:

• Chasing insurgents up rocky hills?
• Improve short distance sprints across roadways?
• Assist in mobility during urban combat?

Nearly a year ago, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are building an Iron Man suit for the US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM).

Called the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS), this suit will “provide superhuman strength with greater ballistic protection.”

With 360 degree cameras and night vision capabilities, sensors in the visual apparatus will detect injuries and apply wound-sealing foam to protect the soldier until he or she can get to a medical team.

A bullet-proof exo-skeleton comprised of magnetorheological fluids can change from liquid to solid in second when a magnetic field or electrical current is applied.

Gareth McKinley, professor at MIT explained that this suit is modeled after Iron Man.

McKinley said: “The other kind of things that you see in the movies I think that would be more realistic at the moment would be the kind of external suit that Sigourney Weaver wears in ‘Aliens,’ where it’s a large robot that amplifies the motions and lifting capability of a human.”

The advantages of TALOS are:

  • Advanced armor with ballistic protection
  • Exoskeleton improves soldier’s agility and endurance
  • Sensors enhance soldier’s perception of the tactical environment
  • Command, control, communications and computers (C4) include wearable antennae and computers
  • Combat ready displays that can utilize the soldier’s thoughts and environment for personalized information
  • Self-power
  • Thermal management
  • Medical monitoring of soldier’s oxygen levels and other vitals

McKinley points out: “The acronym TALOS was chosen deliberately. It’s the name of the bronze armored giant from ‘Jason and the Argonauts.’ Like all good superheroes, Talos has one weakness. For the Army’s TALOS, the weak spot is either the need to carry around a heavy pump for a hydraulic system, or lots of heavy batteries. We don’t have Iron Man’s power source yet.”

DARPA has been on a mission to improve soldier’s abilities, working with the human genome to manipulate certain gene expressions. In experimentation, DARPA and the military industrial pharmaceutical complex are using natural abilities that are enhanced through genetic engineering.

The definition of human enhancement pertains to everything that “encompasses a range of approaches that may be used to improve aspects of human function (e.g. memory, hearing, mobility). This may either be for the purpose of restoring an impaired function to previous or average levels, or to raise function to a level considered to be ‘beyond the norm’ for humans.”

Some of the medical feats DARPA would like to enhance are the ability of military soldiers to regrow limbs destroyed in battle.

By eliminating empathy, the Department of Defense (DoD) hopes to “enhance” a soldier’s ability to “kill without care or remorse, shows no fear, can fight battle after battle without fatigue and generally behave more like a machine than a man.”

Scientists are researching the construction of soldiers that feel no pain, terror and do not suffer from fatigue as tests on the wiring of the human brain are furthered by Jonathan Moreno, professor of bioethics at Pennsylvania State University. Moreno is working with the DoD in understanding neuroscience. The Pentagon allocated $400 million to this research.

Further study could be passed onto the general public in order to maximize profits as well as enhance the drug’s effectiveness.

According to Joel Garreau, professor at Arizona University, DARPA is learning how to genetically modify human fat into pure energy by rewiring the metabolic switch which would create soldiers that require less food. By using gene therapy and combining enhancements to alter the color of the human eye is a blending of mutations that have no basis in the natural world.

Roger Pitman , professor of psychiatry at Harvard University is experimenting with propranolol which is a beta blocker that is believed to erase “terrifying memories”, soldiers are subjected to more research while serving to alleviate the psychological effects of war.

Moreno explains: “The problem is: what else are they blocking when they do this? Do we want a generation of veterans who return without guilt?”

Allan Snyder, professor of neuroscience in Australia, has been working to understand how transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can effect higher mental processing with the use of magnetic fields to promote unfettered reasoning.

The US Academy of Sciences reported in 2009 that they expected to be successful in using TMS against soldiers to “enhance [their] fighting capabilities.” Moreno reveals that TMS helmets could be used in battlefields to expand a soldier’s technical expertise and become a more proficient marksman and master electronics used in training exercises.

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