PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - The Project Manager for Close Combat Systems, part of the Joint Munition and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command, chartered its first Product Management Office, the Product Manager for Intelligent Munitions System in an assumption-of-charter ceremony here Dec. 8. During the ceremony, Col. John L. Koster, project manger for PM CCS, welcomed Lt. Col. James O. Winbush Jr. as the product manager of PM IMS. Under Winbush's leadership, PM IMS will oversee the development and evolution of the Intelligent Munitions System, a system of munitions, sensors and communication devices that will give U.S. forces the ability to detect and neutralize enemy forces, cover gaps in dangerous terrain to prevent enemy maneuver, protect fixed facilities and secure flanks, allow for movement of friendly forces and provide for immediate selective engagement and much more.

"IMS is an integral part of the Future Combat System. It combines detailed battlefield intelligence with precision munitions so our forces can precisely attack light-wheeled and heavy-tracked vehicles as well as enemy personnel," said Winbush, explaining that multiple units can be networked to expand the area of force protection and battle space shaping in both tactical and urban terrain.

The IMS team is highly qualified for the task ahead, said Koster. "We're very fortunate to have a group of people dedicated to this effort who have the technical experience, management expertise and great enthusiasm to get the job done."

He added that the Future Combat Systems - and by extension IMS - is "at the core of the Army's efforts to ensure that the Army will move, shoot and communicate better than ever before. We are proud to be a part of that effort."