Place of birth: Wisconsin, USA
A brilliant military career was predestined for Alex before he was even born into the world. Six generations of his family were army officers, which guaranteed that the next Carter in the family line would receive invitations to top schools, academies, and education programs. His parents had the money and the influence to ensure their son got the best training possible. With the help of multimedia courses, Alex started learning the basics of warfare in early childhood, and his family made sure that the boy had unrestricted access to various military vehicles during his summer breaks. When Alex enrolled at the most prestigious military academy, the walls of the common room in his residence hall were decorated with portraits of his grandfather and great-grandfather, among others. When he graduated with honors, he could have used his connections to get into virtually any specialty and unit in the U.S. Army.
During his service, he demonstrated both a dazzling intelligence and the Carters’ intractable nature. He was forced to follow a prevailing doctrine that was cautious and conservative, constricting his abilities. He discovered that his superior officers always took much greater interest in brokering lucrative military contracts and playing shady political games than in developing new methods of warfare. Army officers rarely engaged in actual combat in the field. It began to drive Alex mad. In the 20th century, Carters had fought in Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, and Kuwait. In the 21st century, his grandfather had fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his father had fought in the Battle of London and served on peacekeeping missions in southeast Africa. Alex would have to content himself with remote coordination of drones and oversight of private military companies. He had to tackle trivial tasks in ways that were long predetermined for him. Time and again, Alex saw more effective solutions than those stated in his orders, and he never hesitated to question his superiors when he felt he was right.
His intellectual potential cried out for proper application, and soon Alex became incredibly popular as an online commentator of broadcasts from various flashpoints. His restrained language and deep tactical analysis distinguished him from a multitude of other military reviewers, and soon the insight of his observations evoked a wave of viral publicity for him. A number of his policy recommendations greatly affected the community of military theorists. Finally Alex decided to capitalize on the reputation of his family and embark on the path to become one of the leading theorists of warfare. But he collided with the conservatism of mainstream thought yet again. His proposed combat strategy centered on the ultimate fusion of technology, training, and individual initiative—dubbed the One Man Army concept—was never treated with due seriousness. Alex had to prove again and again that he was not just another short-lived media sensation, but a highly competent specialist.
Practical confirmation of the Carter’s theories would require both financial and engineering support. For a long time, no company would agree to create a combat exoskeleton according to his specifications. When Practical Robotics offered assistance, Alex did not hesitate.
He abandoned his official military career without any regrets and became a mercenary. Alex is certain that participation in real combat—and the attention of the media—will take him farther than any academic achievements.
Drone: Med Drone— equipped with a first aid kit and a surgical module, capable of saving a soldier’s life in the field.