• LTC Coll Haddon explains what each operator will be doing prior to starting the FCS simulator exercise. Each station is networked with two other stations, operators drive, fly, and fire FCS systems in a simulated attack scenario.

    Future Combat Systems Simulator Display

    LTC Coll Haddon explains what each operator will be doing prior to starting the FCS simulator exercise. Each station is networked with two other stations, operators drive, fly, and fire FCS systems in a simulated attack scenario.

  • The Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle scopes out the Pentagon parking lot adjacent to the FCS display.

    Scoping Out the Area

    The Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle scopes out the Pentagon parking lot adjacent to the FCS display.

  • The controls to the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) are similar to that of an everyday video game controller and goggles worn by Soldiers. The goggles have a small screen embedded in them to display the video taken by the SUGV.

    Controlling the SUGV

    The controls to the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) are similar to that of an everyday video game controller and goggles worn by Soldiers. The goggles have a small screen embedded in them to display the video taken by the SUGV.

  • The Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) was on display for military and civilians  to see how it operates. The images from the vehicle are relayed back to the operator who views them in a small lens embedded in a pair of goggles.

    Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV)

    The Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) was on display for military and civilians to see how it operates. The images from the vehicle are relayed back to the operator who views them in a small lens embedded in a pair of goggles.

  • The Class I Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was on display at the Future Combat Systems demonstration at the Pentagon on May 11, 2007.

    The Class I Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

    The Class I Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was on display at the Future Combat Systems demonstration at the Pentagon on May 11, 2007.

  • Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) on display at the FCS demonstration and display on May 11, 2007.

    Future Combat Systems - Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS)

    Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) on display at the FCS demonstration and display on May 11, 2007.

  • A FCS Program member shows a Soldier the modularity of the small unmanned ground vehicle (sugv) at the Pentagon on May 11, 2007.

    Future Combat Systems - Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV)

    A FCS Program member shows a Soldier the modularity of the small unmanned ground vehicle (sugv) at the Pentagon on May 11, 2007.

  • An FCS Program member explains what the SUGV does. Future Combat Systems were on display at the Pentagon on May 11, 2007.

    Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV)

    An FCS Program member explains what the SUGV does. Future Combat Systems were on display at the Pentagon on May 11, 2007.

  • Members of the U.S. Navy learn about the Future Combat Systems Class I Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) at the Pentagon on May 11, 2007.

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

    Members of the U.S. Navy learn about the Future Combat Systems Class I Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) at the Pentagon on May 11, 2007.

  • Members from all branches of the military were on hand to try out the FCS simulators at the Pentagon demonstration May 11, 2007.

    Future Combat Systems Simulation

    Members from all branches of the military were on hand to try out the FCS simulators at the Pentagon demonstration May 11, 2007.

  • A simulated non-line-of-sight (NLOS) attack on the enemy, aided by a simulated Class I UAV. This demonstration took place on May 11, 2007 at the Pentagon.

    Sitting in the Gunner Seat

    A simulated non-line-of-sight (NLOS) attack on the enemy, aided by a simulated Class I UAV. This demonstration took place on May 11, 2007 at the Pentagon.

  • A simulated enemy tank is engaged by a non-line-of-sight Future Combat Systems weapon. The simulator was a part of the Future Combat Systems display at the Pentagon on May 11, 2007.

    Direct Hit!

    A simulated enemy tank is engaged by a non-line-of-sight Future Combat Systems weapon. The simulator was a part of the Future Combat Systems display at the Pentagon on May 11, 2007.

  • A Soldier operates the Class I UAV in this phase of the demonstration. The UAV is used to scout ahead and locate the enemy to engage them with a non-line-of-sight (NLOS) weapon.

    Flying the Class I UAV

    A Soldier operates the Class I UAV in this phase of the demonstration. The UAV is used to scout ahead and locate the enemy to engage them with a non-line-of-sight (NLOS) weapon.

  • Prior to starting the FCS simulation exercise, LTC Haddon explains the objectives of the simulated mission.

    Future Combat Systems Simulator

    Prior to starting the FCS simulation exercise, LTC Haddon explains the objectives of the simulated mission.

  • All three stations are linked on the FCS Network, allowing operators to coordinate attacks on the simulated enemy.

    Future Combat Systems Simulator

    All three stations are linked on the FCS Network, allowing operators to coordinate attacks on the simulated enemy.

  • The Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle extends its limbs to get a better look around the Pentagon parking lot adjacent to the Future Combat Systems display area.

    Extended SUGV Neck

    The Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle extends its limbs to get a better look around the Pentagon parking lot adjacent to the Future Combat Systems display area.

WASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, May 15, 2007) Aca,!" Proposed cuts to the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Future Combat Systems endanger a program that would improve military capabilities today and in the future, said Lt. Gen. Stephen M. Speakes, the serviceAca,!a,,cs director of force development and deputy chief of staff.

News reports say Congress proposes $876 million worth of cuts for the Future Combat Systems in the fiscal 2008 budget request. The total Future Combat System request for fiscal 2008 is $3.7 billion.

Aca,!A"The cost in modernizing is first of all a cost in dollars, but failing to modernize is a cost that is sometimes registered in lives,Aca,!A? Lt. Gen. Speakes said today during a roundtable with Pentagon reporters.

Aca,!A"The program is on track,Aca,!A? he said. Aca,!A"We have met our performance standards and we are on the eve of some really great developments that are going to start hitting the Army literally overnight.Aca,!A?

In the past, the service designed and bought systems in isolation Aca,!" one set of designers built a tank, another a fighting vehicle, still another a medical evacuation capability, he said. Yet another group would work on making them all communicate with each other.

The Future Combat Systems is working to eliminate this, Lt. Gen. Speakes said. Combat vehicles, for example, must have a common hull and 80 percent common parts. Savings from this would manifest themselves in fewer spare parts and training one set of mechanics for all vehicles rather than specialists for a mix.

Aca,!A"If you were going to build a house, I doubt you would go out a hire a plumber, an electrician, a carpenter. You would go and hire a general contractor,Aca,!A? he said.

The role of general contractor, in this case, he continued, is filled by the system engineers who put it all together. The engineers are charged with ensuring commonality, they are charged with setting and enforcing standards. And they are already delivering results. One portion is a small unmanned aerial vehicle that operates like a helicopter.

Aca,!A"It can hover and perch and stare,Aca,!A? Lt. Gen. Speakes said. Aca,!A"You can imagine this capability when you are talking about operating in an urban setting in Baghdad. This Aca,!Eoeperch and stareAca,!a,,c capability is remarkable, and the 25th Infantry Division is using it today.Aca,!A?

The Future Combat Systems also is fielding robots that can save lives. If robots make mistakes in defusing improvised explosive devices and the devices explode, no one dies, Lt. Gen. Speakes said. The robots are in use with units in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The proposed cuts to the program would effectively prevent the development of Future Combat Systems manned ground vehicles. This means Soldiers would operate Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles Aca,!A"indefinitely,Aca,!A? he said.

The Abrams tank gets about three gallons to the mile. Aca,!A"Just think of the inefficiency of that on top of $3 to the gallon gas,Aca,!A? Lt. Gen. Speakes said. Aca,!A"We canAca,!a,,ct afford to operate these legacy systems into the future without the promise that American Soldiers will operate something better. ItAca,!a,,cs like you are going to operate your 1970s-era car for the next couple of decades.Aca,!A?

The Future Combat Systems would bring together new technologies, new concepts, and take steps in fuel efficiency, interoperability and force protection. The cuts would eliminate that, Lt. Gen. Speakes said.

Another concept that would be eliminated is called the Mule. This is a small wheeled vehicle that follows Soldiers carrying supplies, spare parts, ammunition and water. This is on the cusp of testing and would have to stop if the cuts in the system are made, he said. Another unmanned aerial vehicle would also be canceled.

Soldiers would be very negatively affected by these cuts, Speakses concluded.

Aca,!A"We will be doomed to spend the next 20 to 30 years with the existing combat platforms we have today,Aca,!A? he said. Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs a betrayal of our trust to Americans when we donAca,!a,,ct invest in them.Aca,!A?

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