For Military, a Solar Energy Solution Lightens the Load and Could Save Lives
The great military book is from early China, The Art of War. There is no art of soldiering. You heavy up, go for a walk, look for trouble for a few hours. Or days.
Pete Newell is a U.S. Army colonel. Soldiering doesn’t change, he says. Technology does.
“The average weight on a soldier’s back,” says Newell, “is some-where around 104 pounds. 27 of it [is] batteries.”
Colonel Newell is the director of the Rapid Equipping Force – REF – a think tank, hardware store, tech lab for combat soldiers. A perfect solution to a soldier problem – a Humvee redesigned against IEDs, for instance, might take years.
REF tries to find pretty good answers that already exist, or are about to exist.