The Future Combat System: Minimizing Risk While Maximizing Capability
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This paper examines some of the technological candidates that are potential enablers of the Army Transformation to the future Objective Force. The paper highlights the technological risk associated with the Future Combat System program and offers an alternative acquisition strategy to minimize risk while maximizing potential capability. The paper examines lethality technologies such as the electromagnetic gun, electrothermal chemical gun, missile-in-abox and compact kinetic energy missile. Survivability candidates include passive armors, reactive armors, and active protection systems. The paper also examines the wheeled versus tracked debate. The paper concludes by recommending some of the technologies for further development under a parallel acquisition strategy.