The future soldier depicted in pop media isn't so far away -- in fact, Iron Man and the Starship Troopers might not be fictitious for too long. ITT Corp has already issued new night vision goggles to select U.S. military outfits that are capable of infrared detection, allowing soldiers to pick up heat signatures from camouflaged insurgents. Newer models of the headpiece come equipped with networking and facial recognition technology. This means that in the midst of a firefight, the mugshot of a wanted enemy or footage from remote drones can be superimposed onto the trooper's vision.
Today's soldier is no longer just a man with a weapon -- we've gone way beyond that paradigm. Instead, the modern warrior operates in a whirlwind of information, is never alone and ostensibly has superhuman senses attached. Cool, isn't it?