Army Acquisition Executive sees how Service is lightening Soldier Load, improving Systems Integration

Maj. Sheila L. Howell, Assistant Product Manager for Warrior Integration Site, explains to the Honorable Katrina McFarland how the Warrior Integration Site allows PEO Soldier to study ways to Soldier Load and Systems Integration. McFarland is the Army Acquisition Executive.

Maj. Sheila L. Howell, Assistant Product Manager for Warrior Integration Site, explains to the Honorable Katrina McFarland how the Warrior Integration Site allows PEO Soldier to study ways to Soldier Load and Systems Integration. McFarland is the Army Acquisition Executive.

FORT BELVOIR, Virginia (Aug. 29, 2016) – The Army Acquisition Executive visited Program Executive Office Soldier Aug. 29 to learn the future of Soldier body armor, sensors, and weapons.

“It’s great to visit PEO Soldier and to get an update on what you’re doing for the Army to help the Soldiers,” said the Honorable Katrina McFarland. The AAE visited PEO Soldier and received equipment briefings from PEO Soldier officials.

 Mr. Jason J. Regnier, Deputy Product Manager for Nett Warrior at PM SWAR, briefs the system to McFarland. Looking on are Lt. Col. Derek A. Bird, Product Manager Ground Soldier; and Mr. Al Dassonville, PEO Soldier Chief of Staff.

Mr. Jason J. Regnier, Deputy Product Manager for Nett Warrior at PM SWAR, briefs the system to Katrina McFarland. Looking on are Lt. Col. Derek A. Bird, Product Manager Ground Soldier; and Mr. Al Dassonville, PEO Soldier Chief of Staff.

Lightening the Soldier Load and Systems Integration are two big priorities for PEO Soldier, and McFarland’s visit highlighted that. At the Warrior Integration Site at Program Manager Soldier Warrior, the Project Director for Soldier Systems & Integration emphasized that.

“We are the arms and legs of Integration at PEO Soldier,” said Mr. John Howell, PD SSI. “The integrator of the Soldier as a system is the PEO.”

McFarland learns from Mr. Ron Johnson how the PD-100 Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System is one of the products to come through SEP. Forty percent of PEO Soldier’s Portfolio came from SEP.

Katrina McFarland learns from Mr. Ron Johnson how the PD-100 Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System is one of the products to come through Soldier Enhancement Program. Forty percent of PEO Soldier’s Portfolio came from SEP.

Maj. Sheila L. Howell, WinSite Assistant Product Manager, explained how WinSite allows PEO Soldier to have a more focused and deliberate approach to studying lightening Soldier Load and Systems Integration. It gives the ability to examine how Soldier equipment will fit on Soldiers, interact with their movements, and affect energy usage.

The major also explained how the Load Effects Assessment Program–Army measures the quantitative effects of equipment weight, bulk, stiffness, fit, and comfort on Soldier performance. It collects data from fully outfitted Soldiers negotiating a specially designed obstacle course, and other events such as a foot march, rifle marksmanship and combat vehicle operations.

PM SWAR also briefed the Nett Warrior program, and how it gives Soldiers integrated dismounted situational awareness of the battlefield.

McFarland meets with Brig. Gen. Brian P. Cummings, Program Executive Officer Soldier, and his staff during her visit.

Katrina McFarland meets with Brig. Gen. Brian P. Cummings, Program Executive Officer Soldier, and his staff during her visit.

During a briefing on the Soldier Enhancement Program, McFarland learned 40 percent of the PEO Soldier Portfolio came from it. SEP helps the Army move at “the Speed of Industry” to evaluate and type classify existing prototypes or commercially available items that will enhance Soldiers’ ability to carry out their combat mission. A few of the products to come from SEP are Clip-On Sniper Night Sight, AN/PVS-30; M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System; Modular Airborne Weapons Case; and Tactical Communication and Protective System.

Program Manager Soldier Sensors and Lasers briefed the AAE on Family of Weapons Sight–Individual and Joint Effects Targeting System.

FWS-I links wirelessly with the ENVG III to transmit a video signal of the reticle into the ENVG III display. This enables the Soldier to see what the weapon sight “sees” and to aim without having to raise the scope to eye level.

The portable JETS will allow small units supported by Army Forward Observers or Joint Terminal Attack Controllers to have access to precision targeting in all operational environments.

McFarland tries out the Generation III Enhanced Night Vision Goggles AN/PAS-20, as Maj. Ramsey Oliver assists. The major is the APM for ENVG and Family of Weapon Sights–Individual.

Katrina McFarland tries out the Generation III Enhanced Night Vision Goggles AN/PAS-20, as Maj. Ramsey Oliver assists. The major is the APM for ENVG and Family of Weapon Sights–Individual.

Program Manager Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment briefed the RA-1 and T-11 parachutes, and the Soldier Protection System. Lt. Col. Kathy Brown, Product Manager Soldier Protective Equipment, informed McFarland how the Ballistic Combat Shirt is popular with Soldiers with a 95 percent Soldier approval rating. Going back to lightening Soldier Load, Brown explained how SPS has reduced Soldier Load by five pounds.

Finally, Program Manager Soldier Weapons discussed how it’s working to reduce the number of sniper rifles from seven down to two. The AAE handled the Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System and liked how it’s three pounds lighter than the M110 SASS.

Lt. Col. Kathy M. Brown, Product Manager Soldier Protective Equipment explains elements of the Soldier Protection System to McFarland.

Lt. Col. Kathy M. Brown, Product Manager Soldier Protective Equipment explains elements of the Soldier Protection System to Katrina McFarland.

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