The Weapons of World War Four
U.S. Army TRADOC Science Fiction Writing Contest
Senior Chief Special Warrant Kyle Barristan raised an eyebrow as he watched the Sergeant survey their equipment. Wisely, he asked permission before entering the ACT—Advanced Reactionary Technology—squad tent. Unwisely, the Sergeant seemed to have forgotten his purpose and surveyed the ACT equipment. By necessity the existence of most of the equipment had been declassified, but ACT Squad members—the famed Chrome Caps—still discouraged random curiosity.
The tent offered a great deal to satisfy such random curiosity. Mixed among the Army cots designed in the Vietnam conflict—never fix something that worked—were neat arrays and rows of micro-drones called Skippers and Gnats. Neatly hung to one side were six body armor suits looking like a cross between a wetsuit and a still suit from Dune. Computers and advanced weaponry in a canvas tent—though lined with insulating material—formed a juxtaposition every bit as strange as a smartphone in a World War I trench. Only the six Special Warrant officers—specially trained and selected to use this advanced weaponry—seemed at home both with the technology and without.
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