"ORION, in its current form, has ultimately failed to address its ultimate goal of usable biomechanical upgrades and ensuring stability in our society. However, I have no doubt that it may yet lead to greater things in the future, if we give our makers the right push..."
Project ORION, later retroactively renamed the SPARTAN-I Program, was the UNSC's first serious attempt at creating a viable unit of augmented supersoldiers. Founded during a time of colonial instability, Project ORION was activated by the Colonial Military Administration to create a group of elite soldiers who could be inserted behind enemy lines and destroy secessionist factions before they could become a threat. Put through the single-toughest training regime ever conceived at that point, ORIONs would become one of the UNSC's most feared and celebrated weapons against the early Insurrection.
"If Carver is right - and I have the full confidence that he is, take that as you will - then we will face a war that would not fail to bring the UEG to the brink, one which analysts know will be worse than the Inner Colony Wars less than a century ago. We may win the direct confrontations, but what of the guerrilla strikes? What if they gain the momentum they so badly need? My solution is a pre-emptive strike, consisting of a small group of enhanced individuals which can be deployed at any trouble spot, and silence any uprising before it begins. As... Controversial as I know the committee will find this, I am proposing the reactivation of ORION."