Chapter III. Technology Transition
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


3. Soldier Systems Modernization Strategy

The goal of soldier systems modernization is to develop a fully integrated modular system which will allow the Army to field multiple configurations by tailoring software and hardware for specific unit missions and locations on the battlefield. Modularity will allow Commanders and individual soldiers to better perform their missions by carrying only the required components, consistent with Mission, Enemy, Troops, Terrain, and Time (METT-T).

To support planned materiel development programs for the Soldier, the Army's Science and Technology (S&T) community continues to explore and demonstrate a full range of state-of-the-art technologies. This will maximize the soldier's battlefield capabilities as expressed in the Soldier Annex to the Army Modernization Plan.

The FXXI LW system is operationally focused on the U.S. Army Infantry, the U.S. Marine Corps (Infantry), and the U.S. Special Operations Forces. It will be the link into the digitized force of the future using the Army's emerging technical architecture. The result will be enhanced survivability, situational awareness, and lethality at both the individual and unit level. Advanced technologies in microelectronics, weaponry, and protection will be systematically applied to the individual soldier, marine, and special operators to augment their operational capabilities to achieve maximum synergy between human and equipment performance.