The Army's new camouflage.

The Army's new camouflage.

The way things look.
Sept. 8 2004 11:20 AM

The U.S. Army's New Clothes

Why has the Army redesigned its uniforms?

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Correction, Sept. 9, 2004: An earlier version of this piece mistakenly referred to Hermann Broch as a "German-Jewish novelist." Mr. Broch, was from Austria, not Germany.

Tom Vanderbilt is author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do, now available in paperback. He is contributing editor to Artforum, Print, and I.D.; contributing writer to Design Observer; and has written for many publications, including Wired, the Wilson Quarterly, the New York Times Magazine, and the London Review of Books. He blogs at and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can follow him on Twitter at