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U.S. Military Working on "Iron Man" Suit

By: CNN
By: CNN

Could the suit made famous in Marvel comics eventually help the military?

This image provided by Marvel shows the cover of "Iron Man" No. 17, out Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 in comic shops. In the issue, Tony Stark, the avenging philanthropic billionaire better known for the high-tech armor he wears as Iron Man, is about to find himself felled by not one, but two, family secrets that has him questioning his place in the world and why the reality of his origin was kept from him. (AP Photo/Marvel)

A special ops commander is looking for ways to protect his forces.

He wants to borrow an idea from Hollywood.

Iron man's powered suit of armor and its high tech weapons help him protect the world. And that is exactly what America’s top commando, admiral William McRaven, wants when his men have to kick down a door.

McRaven has ordered up the tactical assault light operator suit, better known as "the ironman suit".

The idea? Lightweight armor protection, possibly with battery power flowing through it to give a soldier extraordinary ability to move faster and operate longer in battle.

Former navy seal Chris Heben says the suit can make commandos even better.

There are plenty of ideas.

Imagery from drones or satellites overhead right into a helmet visual display. Boots that generate electricity with every step a soldier takes and flexible head to toe protection--so troops can move closer to the enemy.

McRaven wants his first version of an ironman suit within a year.


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