New technology makes troops invisible
US military command has made synthetic biology research a priority to develop new methods of camouflaging and protecting soldiers.
According to Dimitar Stratis-Kullum, head of the synthetic biology combat capabilities research unit, the army has begun to actively engage regional partners to accelerate the program. «Living materials». Although its budget has not been disclosed, it provides for the development of new technological solutions that will help the American military get out of the battle unharmed..
As an example, the command cites the concept of improved camouflage, which will allow the soldier to blend in with the natural environment. To do this, they plan to use a material that masks the human thermal signature, making it invisible to the lenses of thermal imagers. In parallel, scientists are studying methods of hiding and other traces that betray the presence.
Another potential direction is called the creation of camouflages that repel insects without any toxic impregnations. It is planned that they will contain special biological organisms, bred in the laboratory, which can survive in the wild and in military conditions..
Another example by Dimitar Stratis-Kullum was the forecasting of the future of synthetic biotechnology in the hands of potential adversaries. According to him, the United States fears that Russia and China will begin to use genetically modified soldiers, so the Americans also «have to» study similar technologies in order to predict the impact on the military sphere and prepare.
Recently American military have already begun to equip with tiny drones for espionage.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: un