In December 2012, SEAL Team 6 was deployed on a mission to rescue a civilian doctor being held hostage by the Taliban. During the raid, Chief Petty Officer Nicolas Checque was killed when he engaged the enemy, allowing the doctor to safely be rescued. This mission and Checque’s death led the U.S. government and military to pursue a suit of armor that would do a better job of protecting troops. The military named the suit the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, known by the media as the Iron Man suit. In 2019 however, the project was shut down. The inability to fundamentally change the way the military protects their troops has been a concern as officials continually look to mechanized warfare.