1. Soldier System Technology (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom)
Description: The soldier system concept seeks to achieve the enhancement of soldier combat performance through the integration of advanced technologies. The soldier system focuses on enhancing soldier capabilities in the areas of lethality, command and control, survivability, sustainability and mobility, and encompasses everything the individual soldier wears, carries, and consumes in a tactical environment. The United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and France all have efforts underway to modernize the soldier and employ the soldier system concept.
Justification: This work contributes to the ASTMP goals for the Force XXI Land Warrior program. Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, France, and Germany all have various levels of expertise in the five basic capability areas for soldier systems and each of these countries has initiated a soldier modernization program. Cooperation, coordination of programs, and leveraging of resources among these nations is critical to the achievement of multi-national coalition operations and force compatibility.
Implementation: Joint efforts on soldier modernization are currently underway in various fora. Under TTCP, an Ad Hoc Study Group on Soldier System (TLG-8) has been formed; under NATO Panel III a Working Group of Experts on Soldier Modernization has been active for a number of years. Active Umbrella MOU/MOA Agreements currently exist with each of these countries. The United States and Canada are currently finalizing a Terms of Reference (TOR) for a Soldier System Technology Working Group (SSTWG), a US/FR TOR is in process, and specific US/UK project arrangements (PA) are being drafted.
Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
5001 Eisenhower Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001
Ms. Robin St. Pere (SSCNC-AN)
U.S. Army Solider Systems Command (PROV)
U.S. Army Natick RDE Center
Comm: (508) 651-5840
Ms. Jan Lanza
US Army Soldier Systems Command
US Army Natick RDE Center
Natick, MA 01760-5015