Accession Number:

ADA314334

Title:

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

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

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

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

In November 1995, the General Accounting Office GAO reported to the Congress on the Armys 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 Armys 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 computerradio, 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 soldiers battlefield performance.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE