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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Adaptive Camouflage

The mention in Barre Army Navy Store's blog of changes in the military's choice of camouflage certainly brought out a number of comments - http://www.armynavyblog.com/2011/09/multicam-vs-acu-vs-whats-next.html and as some one wrote the change is part of the natural order of things. I saw a reference to this article today http://www.electrictv.com/?p=8924 which show's BAE's efforts to make commercially viable Adaptive Camo to the military sector.

It turns out that adaptive camo aka active camo which uses light to change the shape or appearance of an object see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_camouflage. We've seen the cloak of invisibility on everything from Star Trek to Harry Potter or read about it in science fiction. It appears that the technology is not that far off for some things. Do a search for active camouflage and see some of the video http://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ie=UTF-8&ion=1&nord=1#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&nord=1&site=webhp&source=hp&q=active%20camouflage%20%20&pbx=1&oq=&aq=&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&fp=3aa46e01b7a3bff&ion=1&ion=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=3aa46e01b7a3bff&ion=1&biw=853&bih=544

As this technology is adapted to the individual soldier a couple of questions come to mind. How to best employ it and like smoke on the battlefield it give concealment but not cover?

What is your take on it?

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