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Future Combat Systems/Modularity Land Warfare

The Army's complementary transformation initiatives, Modularity and the Future Combat Systems, are designed to provide regional combatant commanders and soldiers with a lighter, faster, more survivable and rapidly deployable force with which to fight and win the United States' current and future land conflicts.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The Army has a comprehensive strategic plan and detailed schedule for implementing its conversion to a force consisting of modular, self-sustaining Brigade Combat Teams and incrementally integrating the Future Combat Systems into these Brigade Combat Teams.
  • Although the Future Combat Systems program is currently on schedule and on cost, the program's long schedule, significant cost, and technological complexity put Future Combat Systems at substantial risk of cost and schedule overruns as the program moves from research and development to acquisition.
  • The Army has been successful to date in building and converting its brigades to a modular format on schedule, although fiscal year 2006 will be the most challenging year for Modularity in terms of the number of planned builds and conversions. The Modularity plan accepts risk by converting many National Guard and support brigades well before funding is available to fully equip these brigades.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Achieving at least a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 -- and preferably TRL 7 -- for all FCS critical technologies.
  • Demonstrating the achievement of unit cost efficiencies in high-volume Modularity equipment purchases.
  • Developing and implementing a system for tracking the outlay of Modularity funds at a line-item level of detail.

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