Accession Number : ADA609510


Title :   An Assessment of the Challenges Associated with Individual Battlefield Power: Addressing the Power Budget Burdens of the Warfighter and Squad


Descriptive Note : Final rept. 25 Mar-30 Dec 2013


Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA JOINT ADVANCED WARFIGHTING PROGRAM


Personal Author(s) : Wahlman, Alec ; Clavin, Christopher T ; Keller, Russell A ; Georgi, Daniel M ; Ayers, James R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a609510.pdf


Report Date : May 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 74


Abstract : New capabilities have increased the demand and weight of individual battlefield power (IBP) in both the individual warfighters and the small units at the squad level. The warfighters now carry increasingly burdensome power sources and/or operate at less time with the full services of their electrically powered enablers. A number of DOD programs seek to counter this by providing more efficient and interoperable gear with lighter and less bulky power sources. This annotated briefing identifies the most significant challenges and enablers over the next five years to the power budget of the individual and the squad-level joint warfighter. The briefing also recognizes Service requirements, objectives, and metrics; key materiel and non-materiel initiatives; and energy-related capability trade-offs. It addresses trends in warfighter loads and squad power requirements, all of which are currently unsustainable. Finally, the team's recommendations focus on relative importance of requirements, energy technologies, non-materiel approaches, system interoperability priorities, and metrics to help prioritize tradeoffs.


Descriptors :   *POWER SUPPLIES , AFGHANISTAN , ELECTRIC BATTERIES , ELECTRIC POWER , ENERGY CONSUMPTION , ENERGY STORAGE , INFANTRY , METRICS , MILITARY EQUIPMENT , MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM , WOUNDS AND INJURIES


Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution
      Electrochemical Energy Storage


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE