Spiraling Technology into the Current Force
What is it? The Army identifies combat proven equipment that has been employed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then evaluates these systems for fielding to other units in the Army. A U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command led team, in collaboration with the Army Staff determines which items of equipment are introduced into theater based on the Combatant Commander's stated needs, studies of trends and statistics, and technological solutions presented by industry.
What has the Army done? To date, the Army has identified systems below for potential fielding to the current force:
- Interceptor Body Armor Improvements: Extends protection of vulnerable parts of Soldiers' bodies through Deltoid and Auxiliary Protection.
- Magnified Combat Optical: Increases marksmanship accuracy in all lighting conditions using an optical gun sight for the M-16 family of weapons.
- Improved First Aid Kit: Helps our wounded Soldiers better survive hemorrhaging and airway injuries.
- Property Book and Unit Supply Enhanced: Helps supply administrators see and document equipment status and transactions instantly.
- Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Route Clearance Package: Allows Soldiers to clear IEDs from roads while also improving their protection from these deadly devices. The package includes the Buffalo, the Medium Mine Protected Vehicle (RG31), and the Interim Vehicle Mounted Mine Detection System.
- Armored Security Vehicle: A light armored wheeled vehicle with complete armor protection. Helps our Soldiers survive an attack from light machinegun fire and grenades.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? This effort will be conducted annually, or more often, as directed by the Army's Senior Leadership. In its second iteration, the Army has identified systems below for potential fielding to the current force:
- Warrior Aid and Litter Kit: Enhances self-aid/buddy-aid in treating the four leading causes of death, fits in all tactical vehicles, and complements the IFAC CLS Bag and Combat Medics Kit.
- Counter Radio Control Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (CREW) Increment -2 (CREW -2): Provides an "electronic bubble" for vehicles and dismounted operations, countering the full spectrum of RCIED threats and can be modified to counter future threats.
- Non-Intrusive Inspection System (NIIS): An x-ray system that produces images that help identify anomalies that indicate the presence of explosives, weapons, or other contraband.
- Small Robotic Scout System (SRSS): A system that can be fitted with a variety of payloads (i.e., robotic arm, camera/audio sensors, explosives detectors) controlled by an operator, under all conditions, and small in size.
- Movement Tracking System, Plus (MtS+): An integrated system incorporating the military GPS, non line-of-site communications and mapping technologies into a single package that provides vehicle visibility throughout the world.
- Raven/SUAV: Provides small units with situational awareness/understanding. Equipped with two types of cameras, light weight and medium range and endurance.
- Command Post of the Future (CPOF): A high level decision support system that provides SA and collaboration tools that support parallel, synchronous/asynchronous, cross-functional planning and execution and reduces the planning and rehearsal cycles.
Why is this important to the Army? Providing enhanced capabilities to our Soldiers is one of our top priorities. This process which begins with operational units identifying a capability gap significantly reduces the time required to get new technologies into the field, while ensuring that critical capabilities are properly sustained over time.