Future Combat System Fiscal Year 2008 Program Adjustments

Wednesday May 23, 2007

What is it? The Army's Future Combat System ((Brigade Combat Team) (FCS) (BCT)) is a joint, system-of-systems consisting of a network and a combination of manned and unmanned systems that use advanced network architecture to enable levels of joint connectivity, situational awareness and understanding, and synchronized operations previously unachievable. It is designed to interact with and enhance the Army's most valuable weapon--the Soldier. When fully operational, FCS will provide the Army and the joint force with unprecedented capability to see the enemy, engage him on our terms, and defeat him on the 21st Century battlefield.

What has the Army done? FCS is the Army's first major modernization effort in nearly four decades. It is the embodiment of the modular force, a modular system designed for "full-spectrum" operations. It will network existing systems, systems already under development, and systems to be developed to meet the requirements of the Army's Future Force. It is adaptable to traditional warfare as well as complex, irregular warfare in urban terrains, mixed terrains (deserts and plains), and restrictive terrains (mountains and jungles). It can also be adapted to civil support, such as disaster relief. It is the number one priority acquisition program for the Army.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? The adjustment to the FCS program is driven entirely by the fiscal realities of today's budget environment. (The program itself is on cost and schedule and performing as expected.) Over the past three years, the program has sustained $825 million in Congressional decrements. In addition, the Army is being challenged to meet all its reset and modernization requirements in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 budget. As a result, the Army has decided to adjust the number of platforms it plans to develop and buy within the FCS family of systems, as well as the timeline for buying and fielding these platforms. A summary of the major changes can be found in Appendix 1.
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