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Think outside the box. Or rather think about when your targets are going to be outside their boxes. Massed units charging at each other is going out of style given that army units are close to invulnerable, so special forces are coming into their own. You can't sleep in you armour after all.


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The tricky thing about graphene is that it is really, really, thin. It only takes a few sheets of graphene to out-perform a kevlar vest, but you could in theory make it a million or even a billion layers thick, and still make a quite comfortably thin and light weight armor material. In other words, you can make it as much stronger than modern armor as you ...


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According to furturism.com, you would only need two layers of graphene to create an armor that was as hard as diamond (and can block bullets). https://futurism.com/two-layers-graphene-make-diamond-hard-armor-stop-bullet This article talks about some experimentation scientists have been doing on graphene layers. (They have also found out it is is a lot more ...


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Assuming all else is more or less equal, that the research really has surpassed weapons fire so these suits are given to everybody instead of the "only select people get this for some reason" and we dont have sudden radiation guns and the Geneva conventions are still in effect. I am also assuming a combination of spidersilks and metamaterials like high CNT ...


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Retrain for headshots Nowadays, marksmen are trained to aim for center-of-mass, but your advanced armor would apparently make that strategy no longer viable. So you'd have to train your soldiers to aim for the head. It's a smaller target (which is why we don't train people to aim for it today), but it's also the hardest part to protect, since people need ...


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Modern weapons are more energetic than chemical bonds are. Graphine is no exception. A Newtonian Penetrator (if the energy levels are low enough that "solid" still matters) or a Fluid Penetrator (if not) model is how deep a given weapon penetrates armor, and it really doesn't care about chemical bonds. It cares about density and thickness. Modern anti-...


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Cook'em with radiation. If the armor emits any kind of signal (EM, sound, visual) in response to a phased array sweeping over them in multiple dimensions (space + pulse frequency + radiation frequency) most any optimizing software will suffice to drill into that weak spot. It will be very hard, if not impossible, to design a suit that can adapt to complex ...


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In the highly scientific documentary "John Wick 3" we can observe that armor which doesn't allow for penetration, doesn't magically negate the impact a bullet has. A bullet has a tremendous amount of force behind it and can break bones even when stopped. While smaller bullets are often focused on penetrating, larger bullets from 9mm and above have the same ...


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As armour improved in the medieval ages, full plate armour couldn't be penetrated except through the cracks. The 4 methods that jump to mind that were used to resolve this are: Get up close with a dagger and place it through the joints or eye slits. Get up close with a mace or other bludgeoning weapon, and use the fact that the armour can only prevent the ...


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This is just a small partial answer, but in medieval times, a full plate was pretty much impenetrable. The thing is: only knights and nobleman could afford full plates, so most of the people in the battlefield would still be vulnerable to any weapon. If full body armor capable of protecting against personal projectile weapons are ever developed, be assured ...


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If armour cannot be pierced, then you use weapons that don't rely on piercing. One option that has been mentioned is thermal attack. Use fire. Napalm, phosphorous, thermite; all kinds of incendiary weapons you can think of. There's a person inside that armour, and they need to stay cool. Make the space around the armour hot enough, and the armour will have ...


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In general: Strong armor/weak ranged weapons means more close (up to hand-to-hand) combat, shorter and more active battles, elite troops rules battlefield (less camo, but more colors and honor), relativly less casulties in battles (defeated prefer to run). It also means that charge is stronger than equal number and quality defence Strong ranged weapons/weak ...


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Different types of ammo and weapons Bolo gun Taser Shotgun Shells Sonic weapons Chemical weapons Laser Blinding Weapons Basically you can protect from one type of weapon or even multiple types of weapons but you can't protect from every type of weapon. If bullets fail to work, someone will make a new type of bullet at does or switch to a different ...


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Napalm Grenades In reality, you're trying to describe an 'Iron Man' style suit for your soldiers and while that may one day be possible, it's not practical - that is to say, that kind of protection would cost more than I suspect most militaries would be prepared to pay, but I digress. What the Iron Man comics, Movies et al don't really show is that in ...


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I'd go with a planet that has frequent storms that stops electrical, or at least the advanced stuff, equipment from working. No drones, no satellite...etc Then for the actual Ground. I would go with a series of very large island were the sea is near impossible to cross without proper equipment, that separates the groups but also if someone is determined ...


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So I’m always of the opinion that we can draw inspiration from the real world and then extrapolate it to wherever we want. Currently, all successful military forces use combined arms tactics and have for a very long time. What I mean by this is that they never put all their eggs in one basket. For example, let’s say that one military power has developed ...


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Swarm Intelligence hive mind This droid will make the most of AI, big data and Communication technology. This work like this: each droid contribute a little of its "thinking" (CPU) power. => there are no "commander" to take out, no weakpoint. each droid contribute a little of its collected data (what it see ...). You can think this is how droid ...


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Update your question to be easier to answer (or answer at all), but I'm not opposed to adding an idea. If we stick with humanoid robotics, which considering your question is likely, and that these robots are as capable as dogs/humans depending on their purpose rather than AI that would easily outstrip any human knowledge and come up with better idea's which ...


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Nanodroids Having a billions of microscopic droids, especially ones that can "replicate" (make other nanodroids) would be almost impossible to stop. Can crawl into people's bodies and lay dormant without detection before killing them (by stopping their heart, shredding their brain, etc) Can crawl/fly into the most difficult facilities using air vents, ...


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I would go with an area (not planet since a single biome world is impossible to sustain a biosphere) of plains. A similar environment to the one we (and possibly the hunters) evolved in would be an ideal hunting/training ground. It is not that easy to survive there for an untrained human, although it would be possible, and it would also be good for hiding. ...


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The ideal world would match the environment that the soldiers in your military expect to face combat in. There is little point in training in on a freezing ice world, learning the skills needed to survive there if you are facing combat in an urban cityscape. Armies such the the British and US ones have built training centres that simulate conditions in ...


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Ice World Constant snow storms reduce visibility and hide tracks. People need to shelter in caves to avoid storms and hunt the native life for food in between storms. You don't want to be on the polar ice when storms hit. Volcanic active regions provide areas to get warms and old lava tubes make excellent shelters if you can avoid the local predators. The ...


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How about some planet with massive amounts of caves or old mines. Little different than jungle. And the underground nature would make things more 3-D. Also would interfere with a lot of radar, IR, lowlevel light surveillance. Also, perhaps interesting physical challenges for pursuers/pursued in terms of the mine/cave setting (sinkhole rivers, etc.). One ...


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I, personally would call them "Soldiers". It translates well, is a universally recognized role, and leaves room for what kind of 'soldier', if further delinations are needed.


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Modern military strategy is based on using 'the right tool for the right job'. So are there any jobs (ie scenarios) where a 10cm-tall biped with human intelligence is the right tool? Imagine scaling up by a factor of 18 everything you might find on the battlefield, and weight proportionally. Most obstacles then become significantly more challenging to ...


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They won't be able to survive. Assuming they are spherical, the surface to volume ratio for the normal one will be 0.03, while the same ratio for the thiny one will be 0.56. This means they will lose heat 20 times faster than normal, or alternatively that to keep the same body temperature they would need a metabolic rate 20 times faster. That might be ...


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People would not be able to survive in such state or be intelligent without magic. If we handwave surviving, those "small people" would be perfect pilots (less cockpit weight, higher G-tolerance) and tank crew (smaller crew space = thiker armor). Those mashines would be like very smart drones. Reconnaissance is also perfectly suited for small people. As ...


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(In this answer, I'll try to focus on the power armor and the immediate ramifications of its widespread availability. There are other setting elements that will have a much bigger impact, but I'll consider them out of scope for the question.) The power armor itself would not change much In a society that has interstellar travel and general purpose AI, ...


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Railguns. Because you are writing awesome fiction, not working for DARPA. Coilguns have a limited upside for awesomeness. At the end of the day they are glorified doorbells. Yes they are more practical. So is commuting with your Prius as opposed to your jetpack. If you are trying to shoot things in real life, work on the coil guns and you may be on the ...


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Coilguns (assuming current technology) Ironically, rail guns have arguably received more attention for development in military applications. Unfortunately, however, there have been some major setbacks. The Navy is documented of having been developing rail guns as weapons as far back as 2005, yet as of 2018 there have been some hugely limiting problems: ...


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Try and name me one thing that looks better on parade than giant bipedal mechs. It also makes you look like a forerunner in military technology to the general masses. So some form of totalitarian militaristic regime with a vested interest in sending propaganda to both it's people and external populations, that is also very wealthy. Think North Korea except ...


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The space environment is very rich in resources, from abundant solar energy (especially closer to the Sun), and mineral resources from the various moons and asteroids. Water is common, with Europa alone having about 3 X the water resources of Earth. It rains natural gas on Titan, and enough 3He exists in the atmosphere of Uranus to run an industrial ...


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Maybe there isn't a good reason to fund mecha. It depends on the organization of your society. For example, one could argue that Knights were a bit dumb in some cases, as an investment. From a practicality point of view, instead of taking one guy, giving him incredible equipment, and a lifetime of training, it might be better to arm and train a bunch of ...


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