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U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
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Natick, MA 01760-5012

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Date: June 16, 2003
No: 03-22

Lead integrator chosen for soldier program

NATICK, Mass. -- The Lead Technology Integrator for the Objective Force Warrior Advanced Technology Demonstration (OFW ATD) program was selected by the Army June 12.

Eagle Enterprise Inc., a division of General Dynamics of Westminster, Md., will execute Phase II (Preliminary and Detailed Design) and Phase III (Demonstration Build, Training, and Demonstration) of the OFW ATD program, managed by the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center (NSRDEC) here.

OFW is the Army's flagship soldier science and technology program focused on providing the future soldier and small team with combat overmatch and skip-a-generation capabilities intended to improve soldier survivability, enable greater combat lethality and provide networked communications between soldiers and other combat platforms such as the Future Combat Systems and Comanche helicopter.

"As the government lead for this program, I am very pleased with and appreciative of the partnering and support this program has received from the Army's S&T community," said Philip Brandler, NSRDEC director.

Government management responsibility for the OFW program resides with the NSRDEC, which has been the home for the development of the technology for nearly everything the soldier wears, carries, consumes and uses for shelter.

"This event is a major milestone for Army Transformation,” said Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Claude M. Bolton Jr. “Transformation of the soldier is fundamental to the Army's transformation to the Objective Force. This program will be instrumental in achieving that vision."

Eagle Enterprise Inc. will receive $100 million for the 25-month Phase II. The cost of the 15-month Phase III will be negotiated with Eagle Enterprise Inc. during Phase II. This program continues efforts begun last year to conceptualize, design and demonstrate a revolutionary soldier "system of systems," a concept that will be demonstrated in 2006.

"Army transformation is all about networking soldiers with weapon systems, vehicles, and aircraft to create a joint, integrated fighting force with overwhelming and devastating power," said Lt. Gen. John Riggs, director, Objective Force Task Force. “OFW forms the heart of the soldier-centric Objective Force.”

The Objective Force is the Army's future full-spectrum force: organized, manned, equipped and trained to be more strategically responsive, deployable, agile, versatile, lethal, survivable and sustainable across the entire spectrum of military operations.

The tenets of the Objective Force are to enable the Army to see first, understand first, act first and finish decisively in all aspects of armed conflict--from major theater war through peacekeeping missions and homeland security.

"Through the OFW program, the Army is seeking to achieve a paradigm shift in warfighting capability for individual soldiers," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology, A. Michael Andrews.

The OFW system of systems will equip U.S. soldiers with speed and precision for decisive full-spectrum operations. Enabled through a seamless network, the OFW soldiers will have unprecedented battlefield knowledge, standoff precision lethality, ballistic survivability and mobility capabilities available today only in "platform-based" forces.

The OFW systems architecture will provide full integration into the Future Combat Systems unit of action, establishing the OFW soldier as the powerful centerpiece of these formations. Perhaps most impressive of all-the OFW science and technology program seeks to provide all of these unmatched capabilities while reducing the soldier's physical load by 50 percent, down to less than 50 pounds.

OFW will transition to PEO-Soldier for development and fielding as Land Warrior-Advanced Capability.

For more information about the Natick Soldier Center or the Objective Force Warrior program, please visit our website at http://www.natick.army.mil.


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