Director of Net Assessment, Office of the Secretary
said that through the use of behavior-modifying drugs
that are being developed, American fighting men and
women could be tailored to specific military tasks.
11, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) Wars
in the future could be fought by bioengineered soldiers,
said Andrew Marshall, strategic adviser to the Rumsfeld
Speaking today at a University
of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy symposium
on the future of the military as it relates to the research
university, Marshall said that through the use of behavior-modifying
drugs that are being developed, American fighting men
and women could be tailored to specific military tasks.
“The drugs would affect specific receptors and
would act just like the internal chemistry (of the brain),”
Marshall said. “We could create fearless soldiers,
soldiers that would stay awake longer or be quicker
and more alert.”
“These new types of drugs or biochemical agents
could create a new model of man,” he said.
But the defense adviser stopped short of saying that
any such plans have been presented to the Pentagon.
Marshall, director of Net Assessment in the Office of
the Secretary of Defense, predicted that undersea tactics
will take on new importance during future global conflicts.
“The whole character of undersea warfare is likely
to change,” he said. “There’s more
and more activity on the seabed.”
Marshall said a scarcity of water in the world would
lead to distilling of seawater, which would require
large pipeline configurations near coastlines.
“This means more stuff to attack – and to
defend,” he said.
Marshall said the perfection of long-range precision
strike weapons that enable armies to fight from great
distances is another likely component of the revolution
he says is under way in the nation’s military.
But Marshall said by perfecting these precision weapons,
America is forcing its enemies to rely on terrorist
activities that are difficult to target.