Vietnam Veterans Participate in Nett Warrior Demonstration during Recent Reunion

Members of Project Manager Soldier Warrior (PM SWAR) and TRADOC Capabilities Manager (TCM) Soldier gave a demonstration of the Nett Warrior system to a group of Vietnam veterans from the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment (2-7 CAV) on October 20th.  The events were part of a 2-7 CAV Vietnam veterans reunion at Fort Benning, GA.  The Nett Warrior demonstration gave the veterans an opportunity to see the advancements in Warfighter technology since the Vietnam War. 

Nett Warrior is an integrated dismounted leader situational awareness tool for use during combat operations.  It consists of an end user device plugged into a tactical radio that can send and receive information from one Nett Warrior-equipped Soldier to another, thus connecting the dismounted leader to the network.  The hands-on demonstration showed how Nett Warrior helps lift the “Fog of War” – a term used by Carl von Clausewitz to describe the uncertainty in situational awareness experienced by military leaders on the battlefield.    Nett Warrior enables the equipped leader to not only identify their location on a digital map, but also see locations of friendly forces as well as known/suspected enemy locations and use this information to make rapid, informed decisions.   After observing Nett Warrior capabilities, the veterans quickly understood the benefits of leveraging cutting-edge technology to cut through uncertainties on the battlefield – conditions they had experienced firsthand in Vietnam. 

The 7th Cavalry Regiment, nicknamed “Garry Owen” in honor of the Irish quick marching song of the same name, has a long and rich history within the United States Army that dates back to the mid-19th century and the Indian Wars.  The 7th Cavalry alumni share a common bond and include PM SWAR’s own MAJ Doug Copeland, Assistant Product Manager Ground Soldier, who commanded Bravo Company, 2-7 CAV in Operation Iraqi Freedom and coordinated this Nett Warrior demonstration as part of the 2-7 CAV reunion.

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