While we do not cover U.S. military matters regularly, we came across a wild report that we had to cover. According to a report on, The head of U.S. Special Operations Command, Navy Adm. William McRaven, has confirmed that three prototypes of a new Iron Man type armor suit will be ready for testing in July of 2014.1 The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit – TALOS – was first proposed, at least publicly, late in 2013, but there was a timetable of four years.2 Tuesday’s revelations seem to quash the four year timeline.

The goals of this TALOS suit are outlined in an official USSOCOM Request for Information, dated 15 May 2013:

Direct Assaulter enhanced mobility/protective technologies may include, but are not limited to:

a. Advanced Armor: Materials to support next generation full-body ballistic protection
b. Mobility/Agility: Enhancement platforms such as powered exoskeletons
c. Situational Awareness (SA)
d. Light/noise discipline
e. Command, Control, Communications & Computers (C4): Such as conformable & wearable antennae and wearable computers
f. Individual soldier combat ready displays: Including non-visual means of information display, and potentially utilization of cognitive thoughts and the surrounding environment to display personalized information
g. Power generation and management
h. Thermal management of suit occupant
i. Medical: Embedded monitoring, oxygen systems, wound stasis, electromechanical compensation3

Lofty goals indeed. There are already “56 corporations, 16 government agencies, 13 universities and 10 national laboratories,” working on the TALOS suit, which explains, in part, the removal of the four year timetable.4 This is 100% speculation, but the public nature of this program, coupled with the not-so-secret Request for Information noted above, make this seem more like a propaganda play than one of real military significance. Whatever the case. this will be an interesting story to follow in the coming months and years.

Here is a video game style mock-up of what the TALOS suit may look like and be capable of:

  1. Brendan McGarry,, Admiral: ‘Iron Man’ Prototypes Coming in June,” 11 Feb. 2014  
  2. Mike Hoffman,, Iron Man Suit to Troops for Testing in 4 Years,” November 18, 2013  
  3. U.S. Special Operations Command, “Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) Request for Information“, Published May 15, 2013, accessed 12 Feb. 2014  
  4. McGarry, “Admiral: ‘Iron Man’ Prototypes Coming in June.”