Monday September 26, 2005

- Future Combat Systems (FCS) is the Army's modernization program consisting of a family of manned and unmanned systems connected by a common network that enables the modular force, providing our Soldiers and leaders with leading-edge technologies and capabilities allowing them to dominate in complex environments.

- The Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) network allows the FCS Family-of-Systems (FoS) to operate as a cohesive system-of-systems where the whole of its capabilities is greater than the sum of its parts.

- As the key to the Army's transformation, the network, and its logistics and Embedded Training (ET) systems, enable the Future Force to employ revolutionary operational and organizational concepts.

- The network enables Soldiers to perceive, comprehend, shape, and dominate the future battlefield at unprecedented levels as defined by the FCS Operational Requirements Document (ORD).

- All Soldiers in the Modular Force are part of the Soldier as a System (SaaS) overarching requirement encompassing everything the Soldier wears, carries, and consumes to include unit radios, crew served weapons, and unit specific equipment in the execution of tasks and duties.

- All Soldiers systems will be treated as an integrated System of Systems (SoS).

- The FCS Soldier, as defined by Soldier as a System (SaaS), meets the need to improve the current capability of all Soldiers, regardless of Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), to perform Army Common Tasks and functions more efficiently and effectively.

- Soldier as a System (SaaS) establishes a baseline for core Soldier requirements, and establishes the foundation for specific or mission unique Warrior Programs (Land, Mounted, and Air).

Link to FCS- On the Network the Strong become Stronger site on www.army.mil/fcs


Department of Defense Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Website

This website and course that follows were developed to assist DoD employees in learning more about this most powerful and enduring document, the U.S. Constitution.
Link to the course
There are several learning objectives for this course. At the conclusion of the course you will be able to:
- Recognize the major political events that necessitated the writing of the U.S. Constitution.
- Identify the basic concepts embodied in the U.S. Constitution.
- Recall the direct link that DoD employees have with the U.S. Constitution.

The Memorandum from the Under Secretary of Defense regarding the objectives of the course. Memorandum


  • Korean war hero receives MOH (ARNEWS)
  • Fifth U.S. Army supports Rita relief operations (AFIS)
  • Fort Sam Houston serves as FEMA forward base (AFIS)
  • Charley Company's dangerous mission (PI | EB)
  • Army officer commands respect from locals (WT | EB)


  • Pentagon reassess enemy in Iraq (WT | EB)
  • Pentagon to take over aid to Iraq ministries (WP | EB)
  • Coalition, Iraqi forces record successes against insurgents (AFIS)
  • Taliban changes strategy (CSM | EB)
  • McCain backs amendment for military to not engage in detainee abuse (LT | EB)
  • War supporters give praise to military In Iraq and Afghanistan (WP | EB)
  • Gold Star families lead rally to support troops, their mission (AFIS)
  • Pentagon defends its growing reliance on contractors overseas (IHT | EB)


  • Air Force crews combing coast; other military assets providing aid (AFIS)
  • Bush visits military hurricane-relief hub at U.S. Northern Command (AFIS)
  • Let military run storm relief? (AJC | EB)
  • N. Korea warns of its capability against U.S. 'deterrent' (MH | EB)
  • Iran threatens to ban nuclear inspectors (NYT | EB)
  • Vietnam war hero finally receives Silver Star (AFIS)
  • Pentagon sponsors race for combat robots (WT | EB)
  • California's National Guard may be getting spread thin (LAT | EB)
  • American Red Cross continues mission to support troops (AFIS)
  • Venezuela could get three Russian subs (MH | EB)


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The delivery of the first FCS systems will mark the introduction of the next-generation of combat systems and sensors, and of a network that will for the first time link all the sensor pictures gathered across the modern battlefield.

BG(P) Charles Cartwright
Future Combat Systems, Program Manager Unit of Action

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