Making the Soldier Decisive on Future Battlefields

Making the Soldier Decisive on Future Battlefields

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The U.S. military does not believe its soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines should be engaged in combat with adversaries on a qlevel playing field.q Our combat individuals enter engagements to win. To that end, the United States has used its technical prowess and industrial capability to develop decisive weapons that overmatch those of potential enemies. In its current engagement-what has been identified as an qera of persistent conflictq- the nation's most important weapon is the dismounted soldier operating in small units. Today's soldier must be prepared to contend with both regular and irregular adversaries. Results in Iraq and Afghanistan show that, while the U.S. soldier is a formidable fighter, the contemporary suite of equipment and support does not afford 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. Making the Soldier Decisive on Future Battlefields establishes the technical requirements for overmatch capability for dismounted soldiers operating individually or in small units. It prescribes technological and organizational capabilities needed to make the dismounted soldier a decisive weapon in a changing, uncertain, and complex future environment and provides the Army with 15 recommendations on how to focus its efforts to enable the soldier and tactical small unit (TSU) to achieve overmatch.Depending on the individual, performance decline due to lack of sleep can be as much as 1 percent per hour after last rest. So, Soldiers operating 24 hours without sleep, assuming they were fully rested at the start of the 24 hours, may be anbsp;...

Title:Making the Soldier Decisive on Future Battlefields
Author:Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Army Science and Technology, Committee on Making the Soldier Decisive on Future Battlefields, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2013-05-10


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