While I encourage innovation just about everywhere, I must question the logic behind these new uniforms.
"Replacing many of the buttons with zippers and Velcro for easy access. . ."
While this appears logical, upon further consideration I would think that as a soldier there would often be circumstances in which I would both strive for silence and endeavor to reach into my uniform pockets. Velcro and zippers are very convenient in many respects, but in terms of silent operation they fail miserably in comparison to buttons. Perhaps, however, through the miracle of defense spending the civilian versions of Velcro and zippers have been hushed - now that would be a fascinating engineering challenge. [via Gizmodo]