Tuesday July 19, 2005

The Rapid Fielding Initiative (RFI) provides Soldiers with the finest state-of-the-art individual and small unit equipment to enhance their lethality, mobility, and survivability on the battlefield.

The RFI program is:
- saving Soldier's lives
- improving their quality of life
- increasing combat effectiveness
- enhancing fighting forces' capabilities in the daily performance of their missions
- providing an equitable distribution of capabilities across the force
- modernizing Soldiers in a systematic and integrated manner according to the principles of the Soldier-as-a-System philosophy.

The Soldier Enhancement Program (SEP) improves the
- lethality,
- survivability,
- command and control,
- mobility, and
- sustainability for all Soldiers.

SEP identifies and evaluates commercially available
- individual weapons,
- munitions,
- optics,
- combat clothing,
- individual equipment,
- water supply,
- shelters, and
- communication and navigational aids.

If an item is approved and can be provided to Soldiers in three years or less, it is adopted into the program.

Click here for more information on the Rapid Fielding Initiative or the Soldier Enhancement Program.


The National Security Personnel System Performance Factor Survey has been extended through July 27. All General Schedule and Demonstration Project employees are requested to complete the survey. The purpose of the survey is to gain feedback from employees as to whether or not certain standard performance factors can be used appropriately to evaluate employees. You can access the survey at http://www.pfsurvey.net/nsps/.
Click here to go to the Army's NSPS Web site.


  • Guard supports families through deployment hardships (AFIS)
  • Army not at a loss for recruits in some areas of the country (CSM | EB)
  • Army theatre helps Soldiers deal with 'private wars' (ARNEWS)
  • "Will this war ruin the Army?" -- Opinion (NYP | EB)
  • Vietnam-era American commander passes away (WP | EB)


  • Najaf beginning to see reconstruction efforts take hold (USACE GRD)
  • $300 million marked for Basra reconstruction (MNF-I)
  • Iraqi military installation, "K1," grows in Kirkuk (USACE GRD)
  • U.S. criticized over reconstruction efforts in Iraq (LAT | EB)
  • Iraq seeking more aid from international donors (NYT | EB)
  • Iraqi official says countrymen cannot achieve liberty alone (AFIS)
  • Iraqi army making progress in Tall Afar (MNSTC-I)
  • Joint IED Task Force helping defuse insurgency's threat (ARNEWS)
  • Coordinated efforts net 39 suspects in Iraq (AFIS)
  • Iraqis push hard to finish constitution as Aug. 15 deadline approaches (CSM | EB)
  • Pakistan reports arresting five Taliban leaders (LAT | EB)
  • "Iraq's dangerous new friend" -- Opinion (LAT | EB)


  • Saddam Hussein to face trial soon, Iraqi officials say (AFIS)
  • Military trials for two Guantanamo detainees to resume soon (AFIS)
  • Proposal seeks to retool federal pay system (WP | EB)
  • Defense officials answer BRAC list questions (AFIS)
  • BRAC commission on final assessment of list (HC | EB)
  • U.S. agrees to share nuclear technology with India (WP | EB)
  • President, Indian prime minister lay out initiatives to strengthen relationship (AFIS)
  • U.S., Venezuela relations deteriorating; Chavez accuses U.S. of attack plans (WP | EB)


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Transformation is a journey. It is not a destination. And transformation is not synonymous with modernization. It is not only done in the material dimension of the process. It involves doctrine. It involves organization. It involves training. It involves the way we develop our leaders. It involves the way we structure our installations; the way we train, equip, raise our soldiers; how we treat our families. (Transcript)

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff of the Army


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