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Caffeinated Beef Jerky Tested For Military

Ten years of warfare have brought about notable improvements in at least one oft-maligned feature of modern military life: Meals, Ready to Eat, known as MREs - which troops in the field have graced with such alternate titles as "Meals Refused by the Enemy," among others.

Ten years of warfare have brought about notable improvements in at least one oft-maligned feature of modern military life: Meals, Ready to Eat, known as MREs - which troops in the field have graced with such alternate titles as "Meals Refused by the Enemy," among others.

At an Army lab outside of Boston, MA, specialists in military cuisine are seeking to improve the taste and range of MRE offerings, while also heightening the nutritional and energy profiles of the deployable military menu. The plan is to infuse items with caffeine, anti-inflammatory agents, vitamin and energy supplements to give troops added strength and metabolic firepower.

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