Title:
Silhouettes of War:: Technologies of U.S. Soldiering and Surveillance
Author:
Jessica J. Behm: CITYatwork, an organization for technology and science education in New York City, USA
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.102437
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Year:
2010
Volume:
2
Theme:
Theme: Surveillance
Pages:
37-65
No. of pages:
29
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2010-03-05


This paper forwards a theory of silhouetting in relation to technological augmentation in U.S. Military uniforms and suggests that the increasing utilization of metamaterials, nanotechnology, and surveillance technologies operates under a rhetoric of invisibility that complicates the technologies’ visible destruction. Methodologically, the paper attends to three general technological developments in the evolution of the U.S. Army uniform: the design of the new Army Combat Uniform (ACU); the technological advances in the uniform, including embedded wearables, biometric identification devices, and 3D combat enhancement systems; and the bio-networking, GPS, and digital communication arrays that physically link digital uniforms to a larger geopolitical network of U.S. military strategy and surveillance. Throughout, the work traces the aforementioned theory of silhouetting in relation to select sociopolitical consequences of linking digitally enhanced soldiers into a transnational grid of surveillance.

Keywords: Surveillance; U.S. Military; uniform; technology; silhouetting; invisi-bility; cartography

Volume 2, Theme:: Theme: Surveillance, Article 4, 2010

Author:
Jessica J. Behm
Title:
Silhouettes of War:: Technologies of U.S. Soldiering and Surveillance
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.102437
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