What does Batman stand for? The obvious answers are legal justice and the eradication of all crime. The actual answer is Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided Knowledge. It forms the intentionally mis-spelled BATMAN acronym -- a program in the US Air Force designed to create new innovations in the way that equipment is carried on the soldier in the field.

So far, BATMAN techies have reduced the overall weight of a soldier's electronic equipment, enabled a light-weight chest-mounted computer system, and created a grappling hook-type of device (which they dubbed the Bat Hook) that allows troops to siphon power straight from electrical lines. BATMAN program engineer Reggie Daniels told Tech News Daily, "Batman's devices allow him to have an advantage. That is what we're trying to do."

It's a case of art imitates life imitates art. Director Christopher Nolan incorporated some experimental military tech ideas into 'Batman Begins', to give the movie a touch of realism missing from earlier cinematic versions of the character, now the military is looking to the comic book hero for inspiration. It's hard to believe that a fictional crime-fighter like Batman is actually keeping our country safe and secure.
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