TODAY | October 31, 2013
>>> there is a new move under way by bringing futuristic technology to the battlefield. it could happen sooner than you think.
>> reporter: ripped from the pages of comic booksb splashed on the big screen , the fictional super hero ironman may soon become a reality.
>> i'm the best.
>> reporter: after 12 years of war, u.s. special operations commanders have asked private industry to create a real life battlefield version of the ironman.
>> i saw first hand too many fellow soldiers taking gunshot wounds, being a part of ied blasts, long-term life changing injuries.
>> reporter: brian was a captain in the green berets , his company and others are working to invent high protective gear . suits that are bulletproof protection but automatically close a soldier's wound is he's hit, helmets with streaming video of the entire battlefield and robots help a soldier easily maneuver through battle carrying 100 pounds of goer.
>> think of a system that will pick your leg up and move it forward when are you trying to walk.
>> reporter: a special soldier fears some soldiers pay let down their guard.
>> the technology enables you. you doesn't make you super man. it still comes down to the person in the suit.
>> reporter: the military hopes to have battlefield protection within the next three years.
>> shoot for the stars , hope you have a system that can perform the things similar to the ironman suit. things of the future.
>> reporter: for "today," jim miklaszewski , nbc