High Performance Warfighter

James Murday, Naval Research Laboratory

If one were to set out to find situations where the confluence of nano, bio, info and cogno technologies would make a critical difference, the military warfighter would certainly be seriously considered as a leading example. The warfighter is subjected to periods of intense stress where life or death decisions (cogno) must be made with incomplete information (info) available, where the physiology of fatigue and pain cloud reason (bio), and where supplemental technology (nano) must compete with the 120 pounds of equipment weight s/he must carry.

The confluence of the NBIC technologies will provide the future U.S. warfighter with the capability to dramatically out-fight any adversary, thereby imposing inhibitions to using warfare with the United States as a means to exert power and reducing the risk of U.S. casualties if warfare does occur.

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