2004-05-25

US-Army plant den Future Force Warrior

--- All die technologische Aufrüstung des Militärs in den USA hilft den Soldaten bisher wenig im Straßenkampf, wie er auch im Irak zur Tagesordnung gehört. Im Rahmen eines siebenjährigen und zunächst mit 250 Millionen US-Dollar veranschlagten Projekts soll den Kämpfern der Army daher nun eine Hightech-Uniform verpasst werden: "We're stripping the soldier down to his skin, and building out from there," said Jean-Louis "Dutch" DeGay, an equipment specialist at the Army's Natick Soldier Systems Center, which is supervising the seven-year, $250 million overhaul, dubbed Future Force Warrior, or FFW. ... Caught in street-to-street fighting across Iraq, U.S. troops can't get these upgrades soon enough, said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org. "Once you're in an urban environment, it strips out a lot of (America's) technology advantages," he said. "It puts you in a fair fight. And you don't want to be in a fair fight." Radios don't work as well in concrete canyons. Spy planes can't see as well. And big guns are often too indiscriminate. By making American troops "more lethal, more survivable," Pike said, FFW "restores to our infantry the same technological superiority that the rest of our military has."