Army touts ability to adjust FCS to changing threats

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Army Secretary Pete Geren said on October 6 that he expects the service will continue to make changes to Future Combat Systems, the cornerstone of its modernization efforts, to better position the Army to counter changing threats. Speaking at the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting, Geren said the Army’s current plans for the program are a “good way ahead now.” But any long-term transformation program like FCS is “going to evolve as the threat evolves,” the former Texas House member said. “That is the nature of the beast.”

In June, the Army announced that it would focus on fielding FCS first to infantry brigades, marking a major departure from initial plans that called for sending the first batch of war-fighting technologies to heavy units. Infantry brigades, which have been used heavily in Iraq and Afghanistan, will begin receiving pieces of FCS in 2011– three years earlier than planned. FCS is a system of manned and unmanned air and ground vehicles tied together by a complex electronic network.

Both Geren and Army Chief of Staff George Casey emphasized in comments today that the Army remains committed to the FCS program, the largest and most expensive development program in the service’s history.

Read the entire article at NextGov

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