<b>Army Trains and Tests Increment 1 Capabilities</b>

<b>What is it' </b>

Brigade Combat Team (BCT) Modernization Increment 1, also known as the Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team (E-IBCT), is the initial roll out of BCT modernization capabilities to seven brigades starting in 2011. Increment 1 capabilities will empower Soldiers with increased Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Lethality capabilities. The Army has developed a modernization strategy that will start with seven IBCTs and incrementally field upgraded capabilities to the remaining BCTs. Increment 1 is composed of the small unmanned ground vehicle (SUGV), class I unmanned air system (UAS), unattended ground sensors (UGS), non-line-of-sight launch system (NLOS-LS), and network integration kit (NIK).

<b>What has the Army done' </b>

The Army evaluation task force (AETF) is currently training with and testing the increment 1 equipment. The AETF is composed of combat veterans whose feedback impacts both future training and the equipment designs. This is in support of the Army's objective to ensure that every Soldier, in every theater, receives the proper training and equipment needed to accomplish their full spectrum of missions.

<b>What does the Army have planned for the future' </b>

Milestone C Defense Acquisition Board (DAB), which will review Increment 1 maturity for low rate initial production (LRIP), is scheduled for Dec. 21, 2009. Additional testing of capabilities is planned for 2010. The current modernization strategy will deliver Increment 1 capability to seven IBCTs starting in 2011. BCT modernization aligns with the Army force generation (ARFORGEN) process, which helps enable Army leadership to determine and plan development and fielding of follow-on increments based upon war fighting requirements.

<b>Why is it important to the Army' </b>

Increment 1 provides enhanced warfighter capabilities in three primary areas. First, it provides enhanced situation awareness and force protection through the use of unattended platforms and sensors. Second, it provides a medium-range, remote lethal capability. Finally, it provides an initial communications network backbone for all levels of the BCT from the squad to the brigade.

<b>Resources: </b>

<a href="http://www.bctmod.army.mil" target="_blank">Army Brigade Combat Team Modernization Web site</a>

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