The MARCANTONIO Global DoD Centurions program is designed to secure the United States' national security by appointing world-leading experts in each of the 14 critical technology areas. These Centurions, distinguished by their battle-tested experience and proven success in advancing emerging technologies, will serve as inspirational leaders and compassionate patriots. Tasked with guiding small defense businesses through the intricate DoD innovation ecosystem, the Centurions will facilitate access to resources and expertise, fostering breakthrough technologies and building coalitions. Operating collaboratively, they will align the Department's technology strategy with emerging trends and work with technology leadership to identify priorities. The program's structure involves initiatives led by Centurions, focusing on specific technology areas and ensuring alignment with the Department's goals. Emphasizing effective adoption, the Centurions will integrate new technologies into Department operations to maximize impact. Ultimately, the MARCANTONIO DoD Centurions program aims to expedite the transition of key capabilities to Military Services and Combatant Commands, maintaining the U.S. technological edge and leading in the development of cutting-edge technologies crucial for economic and national security.
Centurions was a science fiction animated series that aired in the mid-1980s and was produced by Ruby-Spears and animated by Nippon Sunrise's Studio 7 in Japan. The show focused on the conflict between Doc Terror and his army of cyborgs and the heroic Centurions, a team of men equipped with exo-frames that fused with powerful assault weapon systems, allowing them to become man and machine.
The show explored themes such as the fusion of humans and technology, and it tackled ecological issues that were relevant at the time. The series also had romantic subplots, and some episodes ended with ambiguous conclusions, leaving the fate of certain characters unresolved.
In addition to the TV series, there were tie-in toys produced by Kenner and a comic book series published by DC Comics. Comic book artists Jack Kirby and Gil Kane contributed to the design and concepts of the show, while Norio Shioyama did the character designs. The series was story edited by Ted Pedersen and written by several authors, including prolific science fiction writers Michael Reaves, Marc Scott Zicree, Larry DiTillio, and Gerry Conway.
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