USSOCOM has encouraged a lot of buzz about this in the media by informally comparing it to Iron Man.
The stated reasons behind the development of the TALOS are reasonable enough (survivability). But is it possible there are political reasons behind the development of the TALOS as well?
Social engineering and political correctness have become increasingly important in the U.S. armed forces. So-called diversity and other politically correct agendas of the Department of Defense (DOD) remain intact and flourishing even as sequestration has eliminated entire brigades of combat units and other fighting power.
And putting women into combat regardless of the consequences is one of the key goals of social engineering and politically correct maneuvers.
Like I said, there are legitimate reasons for wanting to increase troop survivability and performance. However, if the DOD is able to realize the basic desires of the TALOS (whole body armor and increased strength through technological enhancements), then it will enable politicians and pundits to increase their demands for women in combat.
“After all,” they will say. “The technological advancements will prevent casualties and make even the weakest of women stronger than any man not using the system.”
In other words, it will amplify the whole it-doesn’t-take-strength-to-squeeze-a-trigger argument.
Who knows what the final outcome of the TALOS will be. And while troop survivability and performance will be both stated and actual goals, the social engineering / political correctness aspect of this project must be acknowledged as well.
Watch for the TALOS to be linked to women in combat in the future as the system comes closer to actuality.