Gen. John M. Murray, Army Futures Command commanding general, visited the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center (CCDC SC) at the Natick Soldier Systems Center in Massachusetts.

Staff. Sgt. Christian Lincoln-King (pictured here center) uses a Soldier Born Sensor System that enables Soldiers to gain improved situational awareness. Pictured left to right: Mike Samuel, CCDC Soldier Center; Gen. John M. Murray, commanding general of the Army Futures Command; Staff Sgt. Christian Lincoln-King; Maj. Gen. John A. George, commanding general of CCDC (standing in back); Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Crosby of the Army Futures Command. Photo Credit: David Kamm, CCDC SC.

Murray is responsible for leading a team of soldiers and civilians to streamline the Army's modernization enterprise under a single command by enhancing efficiency and effectiveness in delivering the technology necessary to maintain the Army's competitive advantage and win wars.

As part of Army Futures Command (AFC), CCDC SC provides science and technology solutions to ensure America's warfighters are optimized, protected, and lethal.

Working closely with AFC's Soldier Lethality and Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Teams, the Soldier Center is constantly working to strengthen soldiers' performance to increase readiness to ensure soldiers are organized, trained, and equipped for prompt and sustainable ground combat.

Murray's visit was highlighted by sessions about the Soldier Squad Performance Research Institute, or S2PRINT, the Measuring and Advancing Soldier Tactical Readiness and Effectiveness, or MASTR-E program, and CCDC SC's work with soldier-borne sensors.

Soldier Center experts also briefed Murray about a wide range of topics, including exoskeleton technology; power and battery advances; Aerial Delivery design and fabrication; Expeditionary Maneuver's LiFi technology and camouflage, concealment and deception technologies; load carriage; and the design and prototyping of a wide-range of clothing and equipment.

General Murray (pictured here center left) holds the current Hot Weather Army Combat Boot (weighing 2 lbs.) and was shown prototypes weighing 1.5 lbs. or less. The prototypes are part of the CCDC Soldier Center's Army Combat Boot Improvement Effort. Pictured left to right: Maj. Gen. John A. George, commanding general of CCDC; Dr. Ron Sega, AFC's chief technology officer; Gen. John M. Murray, commanding general of the Army Futures Command; Douglas Tamilio, director of the CCDC Soldier Center; and Al Adams, CCDC Soldier Center. Photo Credit: David Kamm, CCDC SC.

Subject matter experts also provided information about Combat Feeding's ration development, lab capabilities and soldier studies.

While at Natick, Murray was also briefed on research being performed by the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM). USARIEM is co-located at NSSC and is a frequent soldier research partner with the CCDC SC.

"We were able to highlight USARIEM's unique capabilities as the Army's premier biomedical laboratory for optimizing warfighter health and performance," said Col. Sean O'Neil, commander of USARIEM. "It was a great opportunity to emphasize how we synchronize efforts across the modernization enterprise; showing how together we optimize the interactions between the soldier, the technology, and the environment."

Murray toured the Doriot Climatic Chambers, a testing facility that can replicate world-wide weather conditions. The chambers allow researchers at CCDC SC and USARIEM to study and improve human performance under a wide range of conditions -- including extreme temperatures -- as well as study and improve the performance of equipment.

CCDC SC's scientists and engineers are committed to working directly with soldiers, with soldier input and interaction being key to advancing the optimization of Soldier performance, improving soldier protection, and increasing soldier lethality.

"The concept of scientists working with soldiers is very powerful," said Murray.

Source: US Army