Accession Number : ADA314334

Title :   Battlefield Automation: Army Land Warrior Program Acquisition Strategy May Be Too Ambitious.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA314334

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : In November 1995, the General Accounting Office (GAO) reported to the Congress on the Army's efforts to automate a number of battlefield functions through creation of a vast network of computers, sensors, and communications systems that would provide a common, simultaneous picture of the battlefield from soldier to commander. More recently, GAO examined the Army's Land Warrior soldier system, estimated to cost in excess of $1.4 billion, and its role in the 'digital' battlefield. The objectives for this report were to: (1) determine the status of various technology and human factor problems associated with system development; (2) evaluate the acquisition strategy for the Land Warrior system; and (3) assess plans to integrate the system with the digital battlefield. The Army developed the Land Warrior program to improve the lethality, mobility, survivability, command and control, and sustainability of infantry soldiers on the battlefield through the integration of a variety of components and technologies. Under the Land Warrior program, the Army is developing a computer/radio, software, integrated headgear (including an imaging display), weapon subsystem, and protective clothing and equipment to be integrated on the individual soldier. When developed, this equipment is expected to allow soldiers to interface electronically with other battlefield systems. The Army also plans to include a number of additional technologies later that are intended to further enhance the soldier's battlefield performance.

Descriptors :   *COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, *INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, *ARMY PERSONNEL, *BATTLEFIELDS, *INTERFACES, *ARMY PROCUREMENT, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DIGITAL SYSTEMS, AUTOMATION, DETECTORS, STRATEGY, ACQUISITION, SURVIVABILITY, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), WEAPON SYSTEMS, COST ESTIMATES, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, IMAGES, COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS, LETHALITY, INFANTRY PERSONNEL, SYNCHRONISM, PROTECTIVE CLOTHING, PICTURES, HEADGEAR.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

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