Examining the Army's Future Warrior: Force-On-Force Simulation of Candidate Technologies

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This volume explores and assesses technology options for future dismounted soldiers that could improve mission effectiveness and reduce casualties. The authors examine the objective individual combat weapon (OICW, a rifle and precision explosive round combination, now designated the XM-29), improved body armor, better sensors, the use of small unguided vehicles in support of operations, links to indirect fires, and signature-reduction techniques. Using high-resolution constructive simulation to examine these aspects, the authors found that soldier effectiveness and survivability could be moderately improved by individual systems, but significant improvements resulted only from applications of combined systems.

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