Is it a case of life imitating art?
The New York Post reports on what U.S. Army soldiers will likely be wearing in 2030. The model in the Army's own graphic could have stepped right out of Halo or any number of futuristic video games.
It's pretty amazing - from the exoskeleton armor to the data glove to the biometric facial recognition built into the headgear. From the NYP:
It's all part of the Army's starry-eyed vision of grunts 20 years from now, and it's just one aspect of the Pentagon's ambitious thinking about technologies that will transform the way the military fights. There are also plans for advanced robotic aircraft; missiles that travel seven times the speed of sound; and ship- and aircraft-based laser weapons that could blast missiles out of the sky...
Each branch of the military has its own plans, but the Army concept of tomorrow's soldier borrows heavily from nearly every genre of science fiction. Dubbed "Future Soldier 2030," the vision is the brainchild of the Natick Soldier Systems Center in Massachusetts, an Army organization responsible for researching and developing new technologies for the individual fighter.