Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The history of invisibility

1917: A soldier in World War I models early camouflage. Image via the National Archives/Department of Defense.
In 2004, the U.S. Army made a colossal mistake. It introduced a new digital camouflage called the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), a single pattern designed to work across all environments. Only a few months later, however, as the war in Iraq was intensifying by the day, every soldier on the ground knew the truth: by trying to work in every situation, UCP worked in none of them.