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Future Force Integration Directorate (FFID)

What is it?
The FFID integrates Army modernization efforts of the user, training, test and acquisition communities that work in concert to field a Future Combat System (FCS)-enabled modular Army. The FFID efforts support FCS Spin-out fielding and introduce new organizational training tools that deliver integrated solutions to increase capabilities within our Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs). The FFID development of a sound and executable FCS BCT (FBCT) organizational strategy helps ensure the seamless integration of equipment, personnel, and doctrine into a holistic, synergistic new organization, rather than just a series of new platforms. Key Tasks of FFID include:

  • Demonstrate FCS capabilities.
  • Develop and certify Doctrine, Organization, Training, Leadership and Education, Materiel, Personnel, and Facilities (DOTMLPF) products required to support the FBCT.
  • The FFID exercises operational control of the Army Evaluation Task Force (AETF) and simultaneously synchronizes delivery, preparation, and evaluation of FCS and associated key and essential capabilities.
  • In coordination with the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) and Combined Arms Center, assess the operational impact of spiraling FCS capabilities into the current modular force.
  • In support of Army Modernization Strategy, refine and implement the Spin-out fielding strategy to current modular BCTs.
  • In coordination with U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Analysis Division, support the integrated analysis plan to underpin FCS BCT DOTMLPF product development.
  • Integrate TRADOC's acquisition, test, and evaluation communities to facilitate and complement FFID functions.
  • Identify required facilities to support FCS Core and Spin-out development, training, and delivery.
  • Establish a battle command cognitive learning environment that supports evaluation of future battle command, brigade and below.

What has the Army done?
The FFID, located at Fort Bliss, Texas, is a new ARCIC organization. It supports ARCIC in their 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, Joint, interagency, multinational, and other partners to manage rapid change. The FFID also integrates modernization in order to provide FCS- enabled modular brigades beginning in FY11 and a fully equipped FBCT at full operational capability to Joint Force commanders by 2017.

The 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, reducing operational risk prior to fielding the first FCS BCT.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The 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, New Mexico. Beginning in 2011, FFID will oversee the delivery of Spin-out capabilities to modular brigades. Additionally, FFID will promote the initial operational capability establishment of an FCS Center of Excellence no later than FY11 to deliver FCS capabilities to modular forces and FBCTs. Most importantly, FFID will continue to integrate and coordinate the delivery of FBCTs at full operational capability in 2017.

Why is this important to the Army?
Ultimately, FFID is working to ensure that we provide the best capabilities (advanced, effective, and timely) for our Soldiers, as quickly as possible. Through the FFID's efforts of integrating accelerated capabilities and fielding of FBCTs to the operational force, 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 have the best equipment available.

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