ARMY MODULAR FORCE & FCS

Tuesday March 15, 2005

The Army's goal: Field the most capability possible to our Soldiers, as quickly as possible, at the lowest cost to the taxpayer.

Modular Forces and Future Combat Systems (FCS):

- The Army's preeminent, interdependent transformational initiatives
- Deal with current and evolving threats from irregular, traditional, disruptive and catastrophic challenges
- Close capability gaps that might otherwise be exploited by adaptive, networked opponents

Modular Forces:

- More responsive to Combatant Commanders' needs
- Better employ Joint capabilities
- Facilitate force packaging and rapid deployment
- Fight as more self-contained units in non-linear, non-contiguous battlespace
- Multifunctional across the Range of Military Operations (ROMO)

Future Combat Systems:

- Provide a family of systems enabled by a common network designed to enable the Soldier
- Consist of advanced air and ground-based systems (manned and unmanned) with embedded and networked battle command
- Operate as a system of systems with platforms capable of tactical airlift
- Enable a new way of fighting using network centric operations and air envelopment with a mounted force to change the tactical battlespace geometry

Modular Forces use organizational change to:

- Achieve operational needs
- Enable leader development
- Provide feedback for future force developments

The FCS-equipped Unit of Action:

- Capitalizes on the Modular Force initiative
- Provides required capabilities by affecting change not just through new materiel but across the entire DOTMLPF (Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership, Personnel, Facilities)
- Meets the requirements of the National Security, National Defense and National Military Strategies

Modular Forces will include the FCS-equipped Unit of Action as well as other types of brigade combat teams for years.

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Senator McCain to challenge Army FCS program (WSJ/EB)
  • Senate hearings to focus on FCS (WP | EB)
  • Projected cost of Future Combat System increases to $133B (Bloomberg/EB)
  • Prospect of war affects recruitment (NNDP | EB)
  • War forcing Army to accept less-qualified candidates (NYDN | EB)
  • Army progresses in fielding process (ADDR/EB)
  • MP training focuses on ethics (SLPD | EB)
  • Soldiers become U.S. citizens at Bush Library (ARNEWS)
  • Soldier pleads guilty in '04 Iraq drowning incident (HC | EB)
  • Officer to be court-martialed over conduct in Iraq (DP | EB)
  • AUSA to present Tom Brokaw with George C. Marshall Award (AUSA News)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Shiites, Kurds moving closer to finalized government (USAT/EB)
  • Iraqis increasingly taking fight to enemy (AFIS)
  • Iraqi Forces aim for independent operations (AFIS)
  • Insurgents `relieved' to be captured by Iraqi police (ARNEWS)
  • Myers meets with senior Iraqi military and police officers (NYT | EB)
  • GAO says number of Iraqi security forces overestimated (LAT | EB)

OF INTEREST

  • Va. defense mailroom locked down (WP | EB)
  • Positive initial detection for anthrax at Pentagon (AFIS)
  • U.S. warns Syria not to link troop pullout to new Beirut government (NYT | EB)
  • N. Korea and China top Rice's list of discussion topics with Asian leaders (USAT/EB)
  • Bush seeks to revise Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NYT | EB)
  • U.S. is displeased with China's anti-secession law (NYT | EB)
  • Positive talks with U.S. over military bases in Romania (WSJ/EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • Israel PM rejects Palestinian ceasefire offer (Aljazeera)
  • Annan: World is determined to push for Middle East peace (Arab News)

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

I think the restructure of the [FCS] program, which happened last summer, was exactly the right thing to do. It gives us the opportunity...to spiral technologies into the current force. And then right before our eyes we can see the transformation into the future force...it's a program that will enhance our current force much quicker than it otherwise would be.

Dr. Franics J. Harvey
Secretary of the Army

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