FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. – Several Army teams are providing the situation-awareness systems for the new brigade combat teams being established at Fort Lewis, Wash. The teams include Communications-Electronics Command and the program executive offices for command, control and communications systems; intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors; and standard-Army-management information systems, all located at CECOM.
These new medium-armored brigades will meet the Army’s need for units that can quickly deploy yet fulfill missions in all situations – from open-country high-intensity warfare, such as Desert Storm, to urban-peacekeeping missions, such as Task Force Eagle in Bosnia.
The brigades will be deployable from the United States to any hotspot and be on the ground within 96 hours. Vehicles in the brigade will include new medium-armored vehicles, humvees and trucks of various configurations.
COL Stanley Leja, director of Team C4IEWS, outlined the program at the March 21 Tobyhanna Association of the United States Army luncheon.
Team C4IEWS’ mission is to provide the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems necessary for fielding the BCT, Leja explained.
Each of the many vehicles in the BCT will have the capability of providing units with effective battlefield situation awareness. This in turn will help create the information dominance needed to increase combat effectiveness on future battlefields. The initial phase is the fielding of two fast, deployable and lethal brigades.
"The plan is to field an additional five brigades in four phases from 2000 to 2012," Leja said. "The Army is starting by outfitting the initial BCT with available C4ISR systems."
C4ISR will include targeting and surveillance sensors, navigation aids and enhanced local situation-awareness systems. The BCT will have a point-and-shoot capability enhanced by the Global Positioning System and unit-wide communications.
"For example, a soldier, after spotting a target, would be able to locate friendly units throughout the area and tell them where the enemy is so that another soldier, artillery or an armed vehicle could attack," Leja said. "Everything will be internetted so information flows throughout the BCT."
Also, noncombat vehicles such as fuel trucks will have C4ISR integrated into them to increase their situation-awareness capabilities. "If a (fuel truck) knows right where to go, you only need one instead of five," Leja explained. "Logistics will also be changed to just-in-time inventory to reduce the logistics footprint.
"The BCT’s capabilities will be developed using available systems to provide the interim solution," he continued. "Team C4IEWS will provide C4ISR systems such as single-channel ground and airborne radio system, Force XXI battle-command brigade and below, drivers’ vision enhancement and the second-generation forward-looking infrared radar."
|Canadian light armored vehicle similar to those the United States is leasing from Canada to develop BCT tactics and doctrine at Fort Lewis, Wash.|
FBCB2 provides a graphical display of where friendly forces are and the location of enemy vehicles and troop concentrations that have been loaded into the BCT computer network. DVE allows soldiers driving vehicles to see at night, in the rain and through fog.
Also part of the effort is to make the brigade’s vehicles stealthy with countermeasures for "smart" and "dumb" enemy fire.
"We’re approaching our mission from a technology viewpoint, rather than systems," Leja said. "For example, there are different versions of SINCGARS. We’ll look at all of them and choose the best ones or one that suits the BCT’s needs."
Team C4IEWS is in the process of establishing integrated-product teams to start determining which C4ISR systems will be used. Leja said the master plan for the interim BCT C4ISR equipment will be done by September.
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