On April 1, 2014, DARPA announced that it “has created a new division, the Biological Technologies Office (BTO), to explore the increasingly dynamic intersection of biology and the physical sciences.” (darpa.mil) The BTO division of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is planning on developing tools to “restore and maintain war-fighter abilities” (darpa.mil) There is a movie series that comes to mind that touches upon this subject – “Universal Soldiers”.
Biological Technologies Office
DARPA’s new Department of Biological Technologies Office plans to focus part of its resources on developing tools and equipment that will “restore and maintain war-fighter abilities – Because military readiness depends on the health and well-being of service members, a critical focus is on cultivating new discoveries that help maintain peak war-fighter abilities and restoring those abilities as quickly and fully as possible when they are degraded-including through the development of advanced prosthetics and neural interfaces. BTO will seek to develop new techniques and therapeutic strategies for addressing current and emerging threats, but its work will extend beyond medical applications to include exploration of complex biological issues that can affect a war-fighter’s ability to operate and interact in the biological and physical world.” (darpa.mil)
The movie series “Universal Soldier” is comprised of: “Universal Soldier” (1992), “Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms” (1998), “Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business” (1998), “Universal Soldier: The Return” (1999), “Universal Soldier: Regeneration” (2009), “Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning” (2012). Central Theme – “The gosh darned government is up to their old tricks again in ‘Universal Soldier.’ Back in the Vietnam War the military started a program to develop perfect soldiers, namely soldiers who would follow orders without question, possess no moral scruples, and ones that could tote around an impressive array of firepower. Problem is the soldiers have to die first before the program leaders can do their work.” (Leach, Jeffrey)
One wonders if DARPA got the idea from watching the “Universal Soldiers” movie series. I am not sure if DARPA’s BTO department will try to reanimate dead bodies, but everything else sure does match up pretty accurately. DARPA’s BTO department wants to help “maintain peak war-fighter abilities and restoring those abilities as quickly and fully as possible when they are degraded-including through the development of advanced prosthetics and neural interfaces” (darpa.mil) The resemblances of what DARPA wants to work on and the “Universal Soldiers” movie series are remarkably the same – you make the judgment call!