Who wouldn’t want a laser rifle, or a “pain ray”…these are just some of the wish list for US special operations forces.
Laser rifles. Canine air conditioners. There are lots of gadgets that U.S. commandos would love to have, except for the fact that these items don’t even exist.
That’s why the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), which includes the Army’s Special Forces and Rangers,¬†has published a long list¬†of equipment that it wants private industry to develop and build.
What is fascinating about this list isn’t just that it tells us what capabilities U.S. special operations forces want. It also tells us what capabilities they¬†don’t¬†have.
But just as important, it’s a forecast of the kind of warfare that American commandos anticipate they will be fighting. Special operations forces, along with drones, have now become America’s preferred method of waging war. If commandos get a new weapon or sensor, it probably will be used on a real mission or battlefield. And when the special operators get new technology, then it sometimes trickles down to the rest of the military, and from there to the civilian world.¬† Read more »