reply to post by SLAYER69
I would add its not just Star Wars.
Its Star Trek, Starship Troopers, Terminator, The Matrix, Predator, and Ironman.
Each of these films have helped contribute in some way to the defense industrial vision of the future of warfare.
Star Trek has really inspired communications, handheld electronics and less than lethal weapons.
Starship Troopers and its Mobile Infantry, that perform orbitalborne drops, are the future. DARPA has been working with US Marines for the past few
years on developing the technology and the SOP for orbital assaults.
The ability to deploy forces anywhere on earth from space within an hour is going to change the face of combat forever.
In addition to orbitalborne drops and orbital assaults, Starship Troopers has played a vital role in encouraging the development of armored
exoskeletons. It is estimated by 2015, we could see our first military exoskeletons fielded. These first generation exoskeletons would essentially be
highly mobile forklifts used to carry materiel. Combat applications would quickly follow though.
An armored exoskeleton will revolutionize infantry warfare. It will allow for the first time a single infantryman to have the firepower and
survivability of a light armored vehicle or gunship. The ability to deploy US Marines armed with these anywhere on earth within one hour will give us
an edge over any military.
These Marines won't be alone though. They will have friends of the killing machine variety.
This is where the Terminator films have played a role in the defense industries. The US Air Force has had a drone program named after the aerial
drones of the Terminator films, the USAF Hunter-Killer program. In addition, Boston Dynamics is currently developing a humanoid robot, Petman, that
can wear military uniforms and gear. Petman, initially is going to be used to help develop better NBC gear, by wearing it in NBC environments. Petman
will be able to run and maneuver just like a human being. The idea of developing a variant of Petman for combat is a no brainer.
Augmented Reality and Cyberwarfare are other major factors in the future of warfare. The Matrix film and Ghost in the Shell have had a hand in its
inspiration. Warfare in the future will be filled with cyberattacks on devices and equipment. Drones will be hacked and hijacked. Soldiers and Marines
will use virtual augmented interfaces that will give them real time information needed to accomplish their missions. Anyone whose played a 1st person
shooter with a HUD, will already have an idea what they will look like. The HUD is the first step. It will go beyond that, as the interfaces will have
a number of functions other than just tracking ammunition, GPS, targets, or objectives. Any Soldier or Marine will be able to designate targets for
air or artillery strikes using the interface. Targets can be identified and seen by anyone or anything in network. There will be no place to hide for
the enemy. Soldiers and Marines will be able to instantly request for Medevac or resupply. Commanders in the field will know exactly how much ammo,
fuel, MREs, water, etc. each soldier has. They will be able to monitor vital signs and keep track of each individuals position. All of this will be
done in real time. So no more lost sensitive items or missing personnel.
Active Camo is another area of development, inspired mainly by the film Predator. There are differenet approaches to the technology, but the goal is
to produce a suit that makes the wearer nearly invisible.
All of these combined, along with Star Wars inspired technologies, can help give us a glimpse into the future of warfare.
Imagine the US Marine of the future, 20 years from now, sitting in orbit on an Okinawa Class Orbital Assault Ship. He is making final preparations for
a coming orbital assault. An hour prior, US Navy SEALs equppied with active camo had been inserted into hostile territory to help prep the landing
zones for orbital assault. Targets were designated and then the hostile nation's entire anti aircraft network was hacked and hijacked.
Transatmospheric UCAVs deployed and struck all designated targets, except hardened targets, which were taken out with "rods from god" kinetic
penetrators. The Marine makes final checks on his gear and equipment. His armored exoskeleton runs a final quick diagnostic on its systems. The
methanol fuel cell micro turbine that powers the armor has been topped off with around 8 hours of fuel. His primary weapon, a 12.7mm caseless
electronic operated machine gun, carries over 200 armor piercing fin stabilized rounds in its magazine. A 25mm revolver cannon is underslung on the
machine gun, carrying a 15 round magazine of High Explosive Dual Purpose rounds. In addition, the Marine carries extra magazines of thermobaric and
flechette rounds for the cannon. As his rifle squad boards one of many OAVs (Orbital Assault Vehicles), objectives are updated in real time in his
augmented display. With a final bark of "Ooh-Rah!" the Devildogs descend upon the earth in great fury.