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A short work of speculative fiction regarding how technology might change future warfare, intelligence collection, and national security in general.

12 SEP 20XX, Journal Entry of SFC Weston McKinley, U.S. Army Reserve – Human after Next Initiative
Eighty kilometers. I had navigated over 80 kilometers by foot on the day I reached my objective. That meant I had travelled over 200 km on foot since I had inserted into North Korea. Most of my route was over rugged mountains, many of them layered in snow. I carried 50 pounds on my back plus my weapons. Yet I wasn’t that tired or hungry. Nor did my feet hurt or my back ache. I was in perfect shape to complete my mission: verify the target and then kill everyone. None of this, of course, would have been possible if the government hadn’t genetically altered me and given me superhuman strength and durability.
When I reached the bottom of the last mountain (that is, “hill,” since the Army does not recognize “mountain” as a terrain feature)…
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