Update: Thanks to Army Mad Scientist Blog for the story. If you aren’t reading Mad Sci blog, you’re missing out on a great resource.

Bioconvergence: the intersection of biology and information technology, driving revolutions in society that are rapidly creating a new environment where humans must co-evolve with their innovations.

How will the Army adapt? This was the question explored in an online, crowdsourced workshop conducted by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research and Technology) and the TRADOC Mad Scientist Laboratory. The Mad Scientists predicted major trends in biological enhancement, asymmetric ethics, and networked human-machine interfaces. Thought leaders from across the DoD, academia, and science and technology community came together to imagine dozens of bioconvergent innovations that could impact the US military, society, and our adversaries.

After previous workshops, the Army used the ideas generated to create evocative concept art. Images to get commanders and stakeholders thinking about the tech of future battlefields. Now, narrative is being used in the same way.

A range of those ideas are explored in our new short story BIOSTORM: A STORY OF FUTURE WAR.

What if enemy fighters had tattoos that could fool AI vision? What if our supply chain was targeted with a bio-engineered microorganism? How could an infantry commander use augmented reality to change the outcome of a firefight?

Follow Capt. Steven Park as he leads his company on the battlefield of 2042

The US and its remaining NATO allies are engaged in a limited war with the Mektigfolk, an ultra-nationalist techno-state that emerged from northern Europe during the reactionary upheavals that swept the continent in 2026.

The US has deployed a Joint Task Force to protect crucial rare-earth mining operations on a vast ice sheet in the Barents Sea.

Captain Steven Park and his infantry company, of the 10th Mountain Division, must protect an engineering detachment that will build a Combat Outpost around the Strand, a deep-sea mining facility.

Coming soon to this space is a graphic novel, CITY OF SHADOWS.

The year is 2035, and in a smart city downrange, SFC Martinez and her host nation counterparts must fight back after kamikaze drones devastate their outpost. This exciting illustrated story is based on ideas developed during the online and in-person Futures workshops on Logistics and the Urban Environment of 2035.

Thank you to our partners at Small Wars Journal and the TRADOC Mad Scientist Lab for helping get the word out about our work.

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