H.G. Wells gave us many of our most beloved science fiction conceits — but did he also foresee how war would develop in the era of airplanes and advanced weaponry? And were his predictions more prescient than some of the Pentagon's attempts to forecast the changing nature of war have been?
BAE System's Mk 38 chain gun was already a formidable opponent: a 250millimeter cannon capable of putting 180 rounds per minute into the air from the deck of a naval ship, strongly urging those without clearance to keep a safe distance (of about 2,000 yards).
Give a hand to our new robot overlords. This robot hand responds to the glove-wearer's movement exactly, allowing a bomb disposal expert to defuse a bomb from yards away, says Rich Walker with the Shadow Robot Company.
As the current Middle East conflict continues on, futuristic military systems might be further away because of a new enemy: congressional budgets.
While the U.S. defense establishment pays people like Larry Niven to brainstorm worst-case scenarios, the Canadian Army is going one better: paying author Karl Schroeder to write future-war novels.
The soldiers of the future could recover quickly from wounds that would have killed or incapacitated their forebears, thanks to new technologies the army is developing. They include magic dust, regrowing bones, and nerve/vein transplants.