Perhaps the most anticipated panel today at the AUSA Annual Meeting was the Institute of Land Warfare’s session on Army Modernization Post-FCS. And unfortunately, the room it was booked in was not up to the demand. Hundreds were turned away by the crowd that overflowed out into the Washington Convention Center’s hallway.
The Army officially announced the “partial termination” of the Manned Ground Vehicle segment of the Future Combat Systems program. FCS is being restructured into a number of programs under the aegis of th Brigade Combat Team (BCT) Modernization. The New York Times published what amounts to an obituary for FCS today, discussing the uncertainty around the program in the face of Defense Secretary Gates’ view of the future role of the Army.
That said, there’s plenty that’s surviving from FCS. The UAV and robotics programs, the Precision Attack Missile, and some of the other components designated for FCS Spinout 1 are now potentially going to be distributed not just to one or two FCS Brigade Combat Teams, but across all of the Army’s BCTs.