Here comes the invisible tank
I heard about this a few years ago when Joe bageant discussed this technology, or something very similar, in his essay "The Simulacran Republic". It's from December 2005 but it's still worthwhile, and you should go read it if you haven't. Unlike war Joe was with us for only a short time, and of course war is still here.
Sudhir Venkatesh, Slate: Could Riots Happen Here?
Violent unrest has swept Europe and the Middle East. Is America next?
CNN: Global energy use to jump 53%