<p></p> <p>The military often invests in interesting and innovative technologies including defensive weapons, new training tools for soldiers and intelligence-gathering techniques to better protect our country. Here are some of the most interesting military tech stories to appear on InnovationNewsDaily this year.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p><b>U.S. Army Orders Virtual Reality Training for Soldiers</b></p> <p>Rather than having exercises in training buildings or simulating battles with a mouse and a keyboard, soldiers in the future will likely <a alt="((CONLINK|2687|train%20in%20virtual%20reality%20environments))" href="">train in virtual reality environments</a> . The U.S. Army has recently ordered a $57 million "Dismounted Soldier" system, which would allow soldiers to plunge into a virtual mission by simply putting on a helmet-mounted headset and a collection of body motion sensors.</p> <p></p>

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<p><b>Pentagon Could Search Soldier DNA for Ultimate Warrior Genes</b></p> <p>Some people are just better than others at certain tasks, whether its math, sports or being a soldier. In a report by the JASON defense science advisory panel, a group of scientists suggest that the Department of Defense could benefit by ((CONLINK|4902|mapping the genome of the nation

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<p></p> <p><b>Defense Department to Use Comic Books as 'Art Therapy'</b></p> <p>From ancient Egypt to medieval Europe, people have used comic book-like art forms to document the art of war. Now, DARPA, the U.S. Defense Department's research wing, is looking to produce <a alt="((CONLINK|2490|online%20comic%20books%20to%20help%20veterans))" href="">online comic books to help veterans</a> overcome post-traumatic stress disorder. The project would allow veterans to produce a comic book online that confronts their personal relationship to war, either realistically or in a sci-fi/fantasy form.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p><b>New Air Force Missile Could Disable Enemy Electronics</b></p> <p>In today's armies, electronics play a heavy role in defining a battle. In the near future, the U.S. military may have a single, nonlethal rocket that can ((CONLINK|5256|take out the enemies

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<p></p> <p><b>New Vehicle Laser Blasts Everything from Drones to Bombs</b></p> <p>In the movies, powerful laser-mounted vehicles turn the tide of battle by blasting through the opposition, but such war monsters may soon move out of the realm of science fiction and into reality. A German defense manufacturer recently demonstrated that its <a alt="((CONLINK|5360|vehicle-mounted%20laser%20is%20able%20to%20blast%20everything))" href="">vehicle-mounted laser is able to blast everything</a> from an unmanned flying target to roadside bombs. Within the next five years, the manufacturer hopes to upgrade its system to a weapons-grade high-energy laser capable of destroying a broader range of battlefield targets.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p><b>Real War Games: Video Game Controllers Hit the Battlefield</b></p> <p>The video game controller is slowly extending its control over virtual settings and into real world situations. On the battlefield, <a alt="((CONLINK|5178|military-grade%20controllers))" href="">military-grade controllers</a> , which resemble your typical Playstation or Xbox 360 controller, give soldiers reign over cameras, unmanned aerial vehicles and remote-controlled machine guns. The next generation of these controllers? Devices that resemble touch-controlled iPhones or motion-controlled Wii nunchucks.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p><b>Cyborg Beetles Could Recharge by Flying</b></p> <p>Insects, with their inconspicuous size, are the ideal scouts and intelligence-gatherers. But effectively harnessing these little creatures holds one major hurdle: the lack of a power source for mounted cameras, microphones and sensors. Now, a project backed by the Pentagon looks to be <a alt="((CONLINK|5365|narrowing%20in%20on%20the%20solution))" href="">narrowing in on the solution</a> . Tiny piezoelectric generators could collect energy by converting pressure or material stress from the motion of an insect's wings, effectively extending the life of batteries carried by cyborg scout beetles. </p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p><b>Marine Corps Urgently Requests Bulletproof Underwear</b></p> <p>We've all heard about bulletproof vests, but what about <a alt="((CONLINK|2415|bulletproof%20underwear))" href="">bulletproof underwear</a> ? Earlier this year, the Marine Corps ordered some 27,500 pairs of "ballistic undergarments" to help protect its solders' nether regions. The tough undies, which are already in use by the British military, don't actually stop direct hits from bullets or shrapnel. They instead block out small particles that can cause additional damage in a blast, while reducing wound infections with embedded antibacterial compounds.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p><b>'Angry Bird' Drone Tested to Take Down Drug Smuggler Planes</b></p> <p>The world over is obsessed with the addictive game Angry Birds. The U.S. military is no exception. In a recent competition at the Edwards Air Force Base in California, an ((CONLINK|5331|

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<p></p> <p><b>MIT Tests Radar for US Soldiers to See Through Walls</b></p> <p>Superman has many cool powers, one of the most interesting being the ability to see through walls. Now the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is hoping to give U.S. solders this superhuman ability as well. A team of researchers has developed a radar system <a alt="((CONLINK|5289|capable%20of%20seeing%20through%20solid-concrete%20and%20cinder-block%20walls))" href="">capable of seeing through solid-concrete and cinder-block walls</a> , and providing real-time video of what's happening on the other side. If mounted on a military vehicle, the system could provide video through walls as far as 60 feet (18 meters) away.</p>

Top 10 Military Stories of 2011