A number of people spotted the item from Associated Press from 10 September 2001 on the proposed use of nanotech-derived materials in U.S. Army combat uniforms. According to the article, "To help soldiers survive, the U.S. Army is developing a new generation of combat uniforms using tiny, doctored fibers that let air through while blocking toxins from chemical and biological weapons . . . The 'chemical protective overgarment,' expected to ship in as little as two years, is one of the early uses of nanotechnology."
The proposed new uniform is part of the U.S. Armyís Soldier Nanotechnologies program, which was announced in June 2001.