Rapid Fielding Initiative (RFI)

Tuesday January 22, 2008

What is it? Rapid Fielding Initiative (RFI) leverages current programs, lessons learned from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and commercial-off-the-shelf technology to give Soldiers increased survivability, lethality, and mobility. To maintain currency and relevance, the RFI list of equipment issued to Soldiers is updated regularly by the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). The RFI list comprises two types of equipment: (1) equipment every Soldier receives (such as helmets, clothing items and hydration systems) and (2) equipment fielded to units. While all organizations receive certain unit equipment, a more expansive list is provided to Brigade Combat Teams and other selected organizations identified by HQDA, to include lethality and specialty items such as weapons optics and Military Operations on Urban Terrain kits. In parallel, Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier also fields a variety of other items essential to readiness that are not RFI items, to include Interceptor Body Armor, Thermal Weapon Sights, Night Vision Goggles, Multi-Band Inter-/Intra-Team Radio, and Army Combat Uniform items.

What has the Army done? The Army has fielded RFI equipment to every deploying Soldier regardless of component since its inception.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? RFI will continue to be proactive in modifying the latest and best equipment available for deploying Soldiers.

Why is it important to the Army? In October 2002, the Vice Chief of Staff, Army, directed PEO Soldier to develop the RFI program to equip all deploying Soldiers with enhanced capabilities for the Global War on Terror (GWOT). This directive initiated the U.S. Army's largest equipment fielding effort since World War II and is intended to supplement unit and Soldier equipment with essential capabilities required for success in the GWOT. The program enhances the capabilities of our Active and Reserve Component fighting forces while ensuring Soldier modernization in a systematic and integrated manner that is commensurate with the principles of the Soldier-as-a-System philosophy.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Report: Petraeus up for NATO post (DN)
  • Soldiers re-enlist to commemorate 100th Army Reserve anniversary (DL)
  • Breaking the bandwidth barrier (AT)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • U.S. raid south of Baghdad destroys 30 weapons caches (S&S)
  • Suspected Shiite militia leader killed in raid (AT)
  • Coalition forces kill four, nab 37, destroy weapons in Iraq (DL)
  • Al Qaeda remains coalition's, Iraqi's biggest target (MNF)
  • Baswaris set to benefit from job training initiatives (MNF)

OF INTEREST

  • Retired master sergeant in court again (AT)
  • Dead soldier's doctor relieved of duties (AT)
  • Mirror therapy shows promise in amputee treatment (ARNG)
  • Military officials advise caution, education with caffeine and dietary supplement intake (S&S)

WORLD VIEW

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Al Qaeda in Iraq's shrinking area of operations (LWJ)
  • Iraqi NCOs Attend Leaders' Course (SM)
  • Army gains recruiting ground all around (GJA)
  • Combat Camera: Muqdadiyah Mission (TT)

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