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Equipping to Achieve the Decisive Edge

BG Paul Ostrowski, Program Executive Officer, PEO Soldier

In January, Armor & Mobility spoke with the head of the Army’s soldier equipment acquisition office, PEO Soldier, about his office’s priorities now and going forward.

BG Ostrowski was interviewed by A&M Editor Kevin Hunter.

A&M: Please speak to your role as Program Executive Officer-Soldier and describe your office’s mission.  

BG Ostrowski: PEO Soldier is ultimately responsible for the acquisition of many of the equipment items worn or carried by the dismounted soldier. We develop, acquire, field, and sustain the best equipment available as quickly as possible so our soldiers can remain protected, lethal, and situationally aware on the battlefield. We are always looking for new innovative technologies to give our troops the decisive edge.

We collaborate with our joint partners to efficiently get the best equipment in the hands of warfighters. The Advanced and Enhanced Combat Helmets, Nett Warrior, M4A1 Carbine, M320 Grenade Launcher, Enhanced Vision Goggle, M110, Pelvic Protection System, helmet sensors, M240B, Thermal Weapons Sights, and Joint Effects Targeting System represent just a small number of the numerous joint program efforts we have established and maintained.

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Soldier Weapons Review: 2013

By Kevin Doell, Public Affairs Specialist, PM Soldier Weapons, PEO Soldier

This article originally appeared in the January 2014 issue of Armor & Mobility magazine. 
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There was significant activity on the Army small arms front in 2013. Leaders “pulled triggers” on decisions covering everything from which service rifle soldiers will carry for years to come, to new applications of remote weapon stations that make soldiers even more lethal on the battlefield. What follows are program updates provided by PEO Soldier’s Project Manager Soldier Weapons (PM SW) out of Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. PM SW leads the charge on Army small arms to ensure that soldiers on the battlefield have overmatch capabilities in individual and crew served weapons.

PROJECT MANAGER INDIVIDUAL WEAPONS

The M4A1 Carbine Program

PM SW fielded approximately 9,000 M4A1 Carbines to the 101st Airborne Division early in the year and is in the process of procuring components that will enable the Army to convert existing M4s into M4A1s starting in the second quarter of FY 14. Compared to the M4, the M4A1 has a heavier barrel for greater barrel life, improved sustained rate of fire, fully automatic trigger and selector switch, consistent trigger pull, ambidextrous controls, and improved ergonomics. The Army is also conducting a forward rail competition that is exploring the feasibility of further improvements to zero retention.

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Electrons to the Lowest Echelon

The Army and USMC Get Power to Dismounted Troops

By George Jagels

Over the past ten years, American warfighters have become increasingly technologically advanced. More and more soldiers and Marines carry GPS, smartphones, networked radios, nightvision systems, and laptops. These devices give Americans an edge on the battlefield few can match; from long-distances to the darkest night, U.S. personnel talk to and see each other remarkably well. Through this interconnectedness and awareness, the dismounted squad, which the Army has been focusing on beefing up, might be able to achieve a major goal: supremacy over adversaries in the same way U.S. armor and air branches face no peer competitors.

This equipment, however, does not come “free.” With more power, so to speak, comes more responsibility—much of which literally ends up on the backs of soldiers and Marines. Though their capabilities are improved, the overall weight carried by warfighters changed little during the last decade (the soldier humps about 16 pounds of batteries, according to the Army). As a result, the DoD must strive for a near perfect balance: lower weight and greater capability.

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