The Future Combat System (FCS) program is an Army
transformation initiative designed to link soldiers to a
range of weapons, sensors, and information systems
by means of a
mobile ad hoc network architecture that
will enable unprecedented
levels of joint interoperability,
shared situational awareness and
the ability to
execute highly synchronized mission operations.
The FCS program, considered the core building block of
future force, consists of the following elements:
- The network (information and communications)
- 18 individual combat systems including manned and unmanned
- The soldier
Because all of the constituent parts of the FCS program
are viewed as systems in themselves -- including the
18 sub-systems, the
network itself, and even the
individual soldier -- it is commonly
referred to as
the "18+1+1" system or a "system of systems"
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