[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The Defense Department gave Congress a look at the Army of the future during a “Soldiers Modernization Day” exhibit at the Russell Senate Office Building last month. On hand were representatives from several military research-and-development labs, including the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center, located at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass. The purpose of this display was to demonstrate to the American public the active process of research and development and how the military takes science and technology today and transfers that to equipment on the battlefield. According to Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample, USA American Forces Press Service, photovoltaic fabric systems were among the many items on display. The fabrics could be mounted to tents or canvas to generate up to 1000 watts of power — which could be particularly helpful in the event of a chemical or biological attack that would prevent troops from going outside to refuel a generator.