Thursday, September 17, 2015

US Army Wants More Firepower across Formations, General Says |

US Army Wants More Firepower across Formations, General Says | A U.S. Army technology czar wants to arm the service's combat formations, from squads to brigade combat teams, with firefight-ending weapons.

"We are undertaking broad range of efforts to improve the lethality of our force," Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director of Army Capabilities Integration Center and deputy commanding general of Futures at Training and Doctrine Command, told an audience at the 2015 Maneuver Conference at Fort Benning, Georgia.

During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army emphasized armor protection over lethality and mobility, McMaster said.

"And so what we are trying to do now is ensure that every formation in our Army has the appropriate combination of mobility, protection and lethality to overmatch the enemy," he said. "We don't want 14-hour firefights. We want four-second firefights."

One of the goals of the effort is to build more lethality into the squad.

"We are weighed down; not as mobile as we want to be to conduct fire and maneuver and close contact with the enemy, so we need to lighten our kit," McMaster said. "We need to lighten what we are wearing for protection, but we also need to lighten our weapon systems and our ammunition."

This is being looked at under squad foundation of the Decisive Force Initiative.