US Army want bio-engineered future soldiers that can run faster than Usain Bolt, go without food or sleep
When you sign up for the military, you completely sign yourself over to them, and whether they want to send you to the front lines or try and turn you into super soldiers of the future, you don’t have much choice. It’s the super soldier of the future route that the US Army has been looking into recently— soldiers that don’t have to sleep, don’t have to eat, can regrown limbs and can run faster than the fastest human ever.
The plans were revealed by novelist Simon Conway, who was granted behind-the-scenes access to the Pentagon’s high-tech Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency.
With a budget of almost $2billion a year DARPA, established in 1958 after the USSR’s first successful space mission shocked America, has a goal of maintaining U.S. technological dominance on the battlefield.
Among it’s many ambitious projects, the agency is working on an exoskeleton that will allow soldiers to run faster and lift prodigious weights. But its most controversial work involves genetic modification.
DARPA is working on triggering genes that will make soldiers’ bodies able to convert fat into energy more efficiently so they are able to go days without eating while in the warzone.
With plump soldiers able to go on deployment for days living just off their own body fat, that would free up space in their kit bags hitherto used for ration packs.
Washington’s military scientists are also hoping to work out how to trigger cells to regrow limbs for soldiers maimed by enemy bombs and landmines. With well-documented cases already of young children regrowing fingers severed in accidents, DARPA is throwing significant sums at research to identify the physiological trigger and activate it in adults.
One area of success has been in shutting off the trigger of sleep. A drug was tested on U.S. Army helicopter pilots that enabled them to stay up longer than 40 hours, with their levels of concentration actually improving after nearly two days without rest.
It is hoped to replace the amphetamine-based drugs that have previously been used to keep servicemen alert during operations. They had been found to affect decision making and had been blamed for errors in judgement that had led to many so-called incidents of friendly fire.
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