Future Combat System
Definition/Scope: In June of 2009 this program was cancelled and restructured with the Brigade Combat Team Modernization program. The Future Combat Systems (FCS) is the cornerstone of Army Modernization. FCS is the Army's promise to provide Soldiers the best equipment and technology available as soon as practical. FCS is not just a technology development program-it is the development of new Brigade Combat Teams-these new brigades, with more infantry, better equipment, unmatched situational awareness and communications allowing complete domination in asymmetric ground warfare while allowing the Army to build a force that can sustain itself in remote areas. FCS includes 14+1+1 systems consisting of unattended ground sensors (UGS), the Non-Line of Sight – Launch System (NLOS-LS), two classes of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) organic to platoon, and Brigade Combat Team (BCT) echelons; two classes of unmanned ground vehicles, the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV), and Multifunctional Utility/Logistics and Equipment Vehicle (MULE) variants; and the eight manned ground vehicles (14 individual systems), plus the network (14+1), plus the Soldier (14+1+1). It is designed to be networked via an advanced architecture called System of Systems Common Environment (SOSCOE). There are 5 layers in the FCS Network: Sensor/Platform Layer, Application Layer, Services Layer, Transport Layer, and Standards Layer. These layers provide diversity in waveform, frequency and environment to ensure there are multiple paths to transport the data.
Used For:Sustainment WFF
Broader Terms:Army modernization
Narrower Terms:Aerial Common Sensor
Related Terms:Army Capabilities Integration Center