In “Soldier Weapons Primer” we provide a foundational overview as to how Army infantry units are organized and armed with various individual and crew-served weapon systems to enhance unit firepower and effectiveness. The document provides the context in which the M16/M4 weapon systems are employed. While the M16 and M4 weapon systems are the cornerstone of the Army’s small arms arsenal, they are just one part of the overall firepower that the small unit brings to bear on the battlefield.
The articles in this series are intended to educate and inform readers regarding the significant considerations relevant to the search for a new service rifle. The Dual Path is PEO Soldier’s strategy to provide Soldiers with a service rifle that is even more effective, accurate and reliable than the current family of M16/M4 individual weapons. The strategy pursues a rigorous M4 improvement program while simultaneously challenging industry in a carbine competition to deliver an entirely new weapon system that can outperform the combat-proven M4.