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Illustration: Comic book panels

A comic by former Army Capt. Katie Hathaway ’12 wins over the Army Mad Scientist Laboratory

NORWICH RECORD | Summer 2022

“Our world is so complex right now,” says Katie Hathaway ’12 speaking by video chat from Georgia. The first woman to command a U.S. Army tank company, Hathaway is currently studying for her master of science degree in global technology and development in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU. Before she left the Army in April, she won a contest by the U.S. Army Mad Scientist Laboratory (a real organization) to creatively comment on the operational environment and changing character of warfare. Her story, Kryptos, addresses the compounding effects of climate change, misinformation, disinformation, and other forces. “Climate change is more than just, It’s hot outside,” she says. “It’s a compounding effect. It’s cascading, and it increases the complexity of any problem you have. If you add climate change to it, you just created like a hundred more problems. I was really trying to get after that showing the refugee group, mass migrations … and misinformation and disinformation and how we deal with it and don’t deal with it.”

Illustration: Comic panels

Illustration: Comic panels

Illustration: Comic panels

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