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Tuesday May 31, 2005

Future Combat Systems (FCS) is a joint networked system of systems (one large system made up of 18 individual systems, the network, and most importantly, the Soldier).

Future Combat Systems are connected via an advanced network architecture that will enable levels of joint connectivity, situational awareness and understanding, and synchronized operations heretofore unachievable.

FCS will operate as a System of Systems (SoS) that will network existing systems, systems already under development, and systems to be developed to meet the requirements of the Army's Future Force Unit of Action (UA).

Future Combat Systems includes 18+1+1 systems consisting of:
- unattended ground sensors (UGS);

- two unattended munitions, the Non-Line of Sight - Launch System (NLOS-LS) and Intelligent Munitions System (IMS);

- four classes of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) organic to platoon, company, battalion and Unit of Action (UA) echelons;

- three classes of unmanned ground vehicles, the Armed Robotic Vehicle (ARV), Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV), and Multifunctional Utility/Logistics and Equipment Vehicle (MULE);

- eight manned ground vehicles (18 individual systems);

- the network (18+1);

- plus the Soldier (18+1+1).

FCS is the core building block of the Army's Future Force. FCS will use evolutionary acquisition to develop, field, and upgrade FCS throughout its lifecycle.

Learn more about FCS at www.army.mil/fcs.


  • Army announces new Combat Action Badge design (ARNEWS)
  • Combat Action Badges to be ready soon (WP | EB)
  • 'Class of 9/11' graduates West Point (WP | EB)
  • Schultz steps down after longest-ever term as National Guard director (ARNEWS)
  • Army targets 'influencers' in new ad campaign (DMN | EB)
  • BRAC 2005 comes at 'perfect time' to help Army 'reset' (AFIS)
  • Nemechek dedicates race to Soldiers (ARNEWS)
  • Blown tire cancels Army victory celebration (ARNEWS)
  • Scam results in policy change (TRADOC News)


  • Three simultaneous blasts kill many in Iraq (WP | EB)
  • Sunni leader mistakenly arrested as bomber (LAT | EB)
  • Rockets blast into NATO headquarters in Afghanistan (BG | EB)
  • Former prime minister plans for a secular Iraq (WP | EB)
  • Audio message says Zarqawi's wounds minor (NYT | EB)
  • Myers: 'Trend lines up in Iraq' (AFIS)
  • U.S., Iraqi troops teaming to stem detainee abuse (CSM | EB)
  • Myers condemns Amnesty report on detainees (WT | EB)
  • Iraqis angered over detainees held without charge (LAT/EB)
  • Ex-Taliban insurgents pledge allegiance to Afghan government (AFIS)


  • Staten Island supports service members during Fleet Week New York (AFIS)
  • President Bush: America honors its slain veterans, current troops (AFIS)
  • House appoints commission to assess nuclear forces (WP | EB)
  • Defense bills push to tighten procurement, contract procedures (WP | EB)
  • U.S. military 'very busy but healthy,' Myers says (AFIS)



Army driver Tony Schumacher went out in the second round this weekend in Topeka, losing to David Grubnic. Although he was eliminated early, the Army team managed to make some ground in the POWERADE point standings gaining 20 points on Doug Kalitta who went out in the first round. The Army team is now 26 points out of first place.

Joe Nemechek was running strong in first place at the end of the Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C., when with 8 laps to go he ran over some debris on the track causing him to cut a tire and lose control of the car. With his 18th place finish the Army team moved up one position from 20th to 19th.

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The potential of network-enabled operations demonstrated in Operation Iraqi Freedom reinforces our decision to continue development of Future Combat Systems (FCS) while enhancing our current force. (Transcript)

Gen. Richard A. Cody
Vice Chief of Staff of the Army

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