Several transformational systems were under development prior
to announcement of The Army Vision in October 1999. The Army has
completed an extensive analysis to identify those systems that complement
FCS and the Objective Force system of systems.
The Comanche Helicopter is the centerpiece of the Aviation Modernization
Plan (AMP) and represents the first new system to reach Initial
Operational Capability (IOC) within The Army's Objective Force.
Comanche is our armed reconnaissance platform with attack capabilities.
It will leverage the situational awareness and situational curiosity
of a scout augmented with revolutionary, state-of-the-art Intelligence,
Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) technologies. Comanche supports
vertical and horizontal maneuver as an integral part of network
centric operations and extends human eyes and decision-making beyond
the ground maneuver force. Utilizing stealth technologies, it will
network with all joint C4ISR and joint weapons systems. Comanche
will leverage maximum effect of future standoff precision weapon
systems such as the Common Missile and allow us to maneuver ground
formations based upon full knowledge of the situation. Augmented
with armed or unarmed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Comanche
will fill ground maneuver’s most critical battlefield deficiency
– armed aerial reconnaissance – with a capable, survivable,
and sustainable aircraft. The Comanche program is already well on
its way to giving The Army a capability pivotal to transforming
the way we will fight.
Several other transformational systems will empower the Objective
Force with the knowledge dominance and battle command to provide
decision superiority across the spectrum of operations. The Warfighter
Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) System, Medium Extended Air
Defense System (MEADS), the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS),
and The Army Airborne Command and Control System (A2C2S) will enable
Objective Force joint C4ISR capabilities. These programs will provide
the tactical enterprise level networks that will ensure seamless,
secure, digital connectivity between the Objective, Interim, and
today’s forces. The Distributed Common Ground System–Army
(DCGS-A) architecture provides Army network-centric ISR connectivity
from national agencies to joint systems to Objective Force Units
of Action as part of the integrated Department of Defense DCGS architecture.
DCGS-A will enable interoperable tasking, processing, and exploitation
capabilities. The Aerial Common Sensor brings improved signal intelligence
collection and precision geolocation capabilities, as well as imagery
intelligence (IMINT) and measurement and signals (MASINT) sensor
packages. Another system, Prophet, uses communications intelligence
to depict the battlespace and further enhance situational awareness.
These C4ISR systems greatly enhance the Objective Force’s
ability to gain actionable information superiority and decision
dominance over all adversaries and expand the range of options for
the joint force Combatant Commanders.
Transformational systems will provide the Objective Force with strategic
and tactical maneuver capabilities. The Theater Support Vessel will
support rapid intra-theater lift requirements, provide the capability
to conduct operational maneuver and repositioning, and enable units
to conduct enroute mission planning and rehearsal. The Future Tactical
Truck System will have commonality with FCS and will support the
Objective Force by enabling command, control, and transportation
of cargo, equipment, and personnel. And the Tactical Electric Power
(TEP) generators will provide power to Objective Force units where
fixed power grids are not available.
Transformational systems provide the Objective Force with other
important capabilities, as well. Chemical, Biological, Radiological,
Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) effects systems support the Objective
Force across the spectrum of military operations and improve capabilities
to conduct Homeland Security activities. Engineer, civil affairs,
and psychological operations vehicles will enable mobility and enhance
civil affairs and PSYOPs capabilities. The Up-Armored High Mobility
Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) will improve Objective Force
Soldier survivability and lethality. The Multi-Mission Radar will
provide the capability to detect and track aircraft, artillery,
and other projectiles, then queue appropriate weapons systems and
airspace synchronization systems. The High Mobility Artillery Rocket
System (HIMARS) is a lighter weight, more deployable multiple rocket
launcher capability that will integrate into the joint fires network.