Equipping the Individual Soldier and Marine: Current and Future Year Acquisition and Modernization Strategies and the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request, Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Armed Services, Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, April 10, 2013 [open pdf - 703KB]
This testimony compilation is from a April 11, 2013 hearing, "Equipping the Individual Soldier and Marine: Current and Future Year Acquisition and Modernization Strategies and the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request," before the U.S. House Committee on the Armed Services, Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces. From the testimony of Brigadier General Paul A. Ostrowski and Mr. Peter B. Bechtel: "History has shown repeatedly our nation cannot successfully accomplish its mission without the commitment of ground troops. This is why Individual Warfighter Equipment modernization is so important. A highly trained and properly equipped Soldier is the crucial and integral component of the successful employment of all Army systems. Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier is the first organization in Army history to modernize the 'Soldier as a System,' thereby ensuring that everything the Soldier wears, carries and employs on the battlefield works in an integrated manner. Nearly 12 years at war have demonstrated conclusively that this integrated, comprehensive modernization strategy has saved lives, increased lethality and combat effectiveness, and improved the quality of life for Soldiers during and after their deployments." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Paul A. Ostrowski, Peter B. Bechtel, Frank L. Kelley, and Eric M. Smith.
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