Future Force Integration Directorate
What is it?
The Future Force Integration Directorate (FFID), located at Fort Bliss, Texas, integrates modernization efforts in support of Army transformation in order to provide Future Combat Systems (FCS) enabled modular brigades beginning FY 2011 and a fully equipped FCS Brigade Combat Team (FBCT) at full operational capability in 2017 to Joint Force commanders. FFID serves as TRADOC’s and ARCIC’s primary integrator for the Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS). FCS is a system-of-systems, centered on the Soldier, consisting of a network and a combination of manned and unmanned systems that use advanced network architecture to enable increased levels of Joint connectivity, situational awareness, situational understanding, and synchronized operations that were previously unachievable. FCS is designed to interact with and enhance the Army’s most valuable weapon—the Soldier. When fully operational, FBCTs will provide the Army and the Joint Force with unprecedented capability to see the enemy, engage him on our terms, and defeat him on the 21st century battlefield.
What has the Army done?
The Future Force Integration Directorate (FFID) is a new Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) organization. FFID assists ARCIC in its mission as the Army's leader in the identification, design, development, and synchronization of capabilities into the Modular Force, both current and future, bringing together all Army as well as Joint, Interagency, Multinational and other partners to manage rapid change. FFID supports ARCIC and the Army in their mission to produce a campaign quality Army with expeditionary capabilities. To ensure success, FFID exercises operational control of the Army Evaluation Task Force (AETF) and simultaneously synchronizes delivery, preparation and evaluation of Future Combat Systems (FCS) and associated key and essential capabilities. FFID conducts FCS BCT and Spin Out testing and evaluation activities in order to support the accelerated delivery of select FCS capabilities to the current force, to reduce operational risk, prior to fielding the first FCS BCT.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
FFID will continue to work important tasks and missions over the coming years. Those tasks include developing and sustaining integration capabilities between Fort Bliss and White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). Beginning in 2010, FFID will oversee the delivery of Spin Out capabilities to modular brigades. Additionally, FFID will promote the Initial Operational Capability (IOC) establishment of an FCS Center of Excellence, no later than FY 2011, to deliver FCS capabilities to modular forces and FBCT’s. Most importantly, FFID will continue to integrate and coordinate the delivery of an FCS Brigade Combat Team (BCT) at Full Operational Capability (FOC) in 2017.
Why is this important to the Army?
FFID operations are extremely important due to a plethora of integration efforts associated with the vast multitude of organizations supporting FCS. FFID efforts support FCS fielding, as it is the Army’s most critical investment requirement and principal modernization effort that will provide much-needed capabilities to our Soldiers, while increasing America’s ability to provide a full spectrum force for national defense. FFID ‘s development of a sound and executable strategy for achieving the larger FCS program goals will help ensure a seamless integration of equipment, personnel and doctrine in creating a new organization, rather than just a series of new platforms. Ultimately, FFID is working to ensure that we provide the best, most advanced, most efficient, and latest capabilities that our combat Soldiers need, as fast as we can. Through FFID’s efforts to accelerate capabilities and field FCS Brigade Combat Teams, we will sustain our Army as the dominant land power in the world, capable of full spectrum operations, while supporting our nation’s commitment to ensuring that our Soldiers are never in a fair fight and that they always have the advantage.