The authors conducted interviews with representatives from across the FCS program, including senior Army officials on the Department of the Army staff, Army representatives from the FCS program office, and other Army personnel from supporting organizations.
For the FCS program, this was the Army's first utilization of contractors to do what had traditionally been done organically.
concept is a new generation of manned and unmanned ground vehicles, air vehicles, and munitions, each of which taps into a secure network of superior combat information.
However, because the IRS is focused on this issue, the discussion below highlights the "penalties" that the Service can impose on "nonfiling" FCs and NRAs, offers commentary and provides some planning ideas.
In Notice 2003-38, the IRS missed the opportunity to bring many FCs (and NRAs) forward that would not otherwise be visible.
FCS is a networked "system of systems," using advanced communications and technologies to link soldiers with manned and unmanned ground and air platforms and sensors, to significantly enhance the Army's effectiveness and maneuverability.
Under the FCS ANS program, General Dynamics Robotic Systems will be responsible for the design, development, integration, testing and manufacture of a system that is capable of autonomously controlling any of several vehicles designated by the Army, including the Multi-functional Utility Logistics Equipment (MULE) platform, the Armed Reconnaissance Vehicle, and the Manned Ground Vehicle.
As the man behind the keyboards of Seattle's instrumental jazz trio FCS North, States knows the vowels missing from his band's name can confuse people almost as much as the guitarist and vocalist missing from his band's lineup.
In the town where grunge rock once ruled, the sophisticated electro-jazz styling of FCS North sound almost alien.
And while Harvey noted that the combination of the Army's modular-force initiative and the FCS
program forms the basis of the Service's future-combat-force strategy, he pointed out that FCS
is not being implemented solely to equip a future force.
agreement, subject to negotiations, has an expected value of $154 million, which represents a portion of the program, which is estimated at $4 billion over the next five years.
During this SDD phase, The Army-LSI team will work with the 23 FCS
partners, chosen through an Army-approved competitive process over the summer, to begin the design and development of the first FCS