Making the Soldier Decisive on Future Battlefields by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Army Science and Technology, Committee on Making the Soldier Decisive on Future Battlefields

The U.S. army doesn't think its infantrymen, sailors, airmen, and marines can be engaged in strive against with adversaries on a "level enjoying field." Our wrestle contributors input engagements to win. accordingly, the U.S. has used its technical prowess and business strength to boost decisive guns that overmatch these of strength enemies. In its present engagement—what has been pointed out as an "era of continual conflict"— the nation's most crucial weapon is the dismounted soldier working in small devices. modern day soldier needs to be ready to deal with either general and abnormal adversaries. leads to Iraq and Afghanistan exhibit that, whereas the U.S. soldier is a powerful fighter, the modern suite of apparatus and help doesn't have enough money an analogous excessive measure of overmatch power exhibited by means of huge guns platforms—yet it's the soldier who eventually will play the decisive function in restoring balance.

Making the Soldier Decisive on destiny Battlefields establishes the technical standards for overmatch potential for dismounted infantrymen working separately or in small devices. It prescribes technological and organizational features had to make the dismounted soldier a decisive weapon in a altering, doubtful, and intricate destiny surroundings and gives the military with 15 tips about the best way to concentration its efforts to permit the soldier and tactical small unit (TSU) to accomplish overmatch.

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More than for soldiers in Vietnam, Korea, and WWII, today’s soldier must be prepared to contend with both regular and irregular adversaries. Results in Iraq and Afghanistan show that while the US soldier is a formidable fighter, his contemporary suite of equipment and support does not enjoy the same high degree of overmatch capability exhibited by large weapons platforms—yet it is the soldier who ultimately will play the decisive role in restoring stability. A study is needed to establish the technical requirements for overmatch capability for dismounted soldiers operating individually or in small units.

It is critical to acknowledge that making decisions well is one, if not the, central goal for the dismounted Soldier and TSU with decisive overmatch. The challenge, of course, is that Soldiers and TSUs must make these decisions (1) under conditions of limited information, (2) when they have only limited time to make their decision, and (3) under conditions in which outcomes are uncertain (although it should be noted that as long as the likelihood of an outcome is known, this poses no special problem).

The complexity of what the dismounted Soldier does and of the means available to accomplish those tasks requires that the Soldier be viewed as a system in which components and subsystems must work together seamlessly and without interference with or diminishment of other functions of this Soldier-system. The committee thus agrees with the assertion, made by the Army and advanced in numerous prior reports to the Army, that the Soldier is a system—albeit a human-based system unlike platform-based systems such as tanks, submarines, or fighter aircraft.

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