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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - September 6, 1970, Darmstadt, Hesse i] -i t «B, 8*9df \. f.-t *"3 tSf- JTHE SOLDIER of tomorrow will in? aman for all seasons with a mobilityunique to his generation. How he fights,what equipment he uses and who fightsat his side are three of many questionswhich must be answered before hemoves onto the battlefield of the future.The Combat Developments Comd (CDC)has met the soldier of the future—atCDC, tomorrow began yesterday.Headquartered at Ft." Belvoir", Vn.. inclose proximity to the nation's capital,and Department of the Army Headquar-ters, CDC works daily at designing theArmy of the future while improving theArmy of today. Under the command ofLt. Gen. George I. Forsythe more than6,000 personnel produce studies, fieldmanuals, materiel requirements andtables of organization and equipmentfor the field Armv—from now through1990.More than 20 subordinate agencies,groups and institutes, located at asmany separate installations across theUnited States, assist CDC headquartersin performing its mission. These sub-elements, which are the very backboneof CDC, determine how their respectivebranches or functions should fight orconduct operations, how they should beequipped and how they should be organ-ized.Besides its organizational elements,the command has an extensive liaisonsystem to tie it in with other Army acti-vities, other U.S. military commandsaround the globe and with more than100 liaison officers representing outsideU.S. and foreign military activitiesworking with CDC.Actual development and procurementactivities are performed by the ArmyMateriel Comd (AMC), the primary-materiel developer. The ContinentalArmy Comd (CONARC) trains the per-sonnel and organizes the units for theArmy in the field. However, CDC is thedoctrinal developer for the Army in thefield, recommending new or unprovedtactics and operations, materiel require-ments and organizations. Its concern iswith the user throughout the life cycleof Army systems.While working on today and tomor-row, CDC started "yesterday" withplans for the design of new and im-proved combat requirements needed inth e next 20 years. CDC's Ex-perimentation Comd at Ft. Ord, Calif.,is a combination of men, equipment anddoc-lrine deployed on 280,000 acres ofscientifically-instrumented locale toform what is sometimes called "CDC'sLive Chessboard."This unique military field laboratoryis a realistic slice of a future battle-field. On it, new tactics, techniques,equipment and clothing are tested in"miniwars" before being given CDCapproval for use in the field.I n several other CDC locationsthroughout the continental UnitedStates, war games are fought in compu-ters and on "glass battlefields" to teststrengths and weaknesses of many al-ternatives of organizations, weaponssystems and battlefield tactics. This allties in with CDC's attitude lhat every-thing must be laboratory and field-tested before it goes into the hands ofthe troops.CDC is concerned about the soldier,both today's and tomorrow's. It is theirstaled mission to insure that the Army,both present and future, extracts thegreatest possible combat capabilityfrom its available and projected re-sources—and to assist in acquiringthose resources --ANFProtected for toxic environments, a Gl holds Ml6 rifle with a mounted amplifying starlight scopesilen! and accuraie airdrop of supplies, controlled byB tested at Ft. Belvoirt Vcu1970Army Sounding Board president, U. Col. Steve P. Himic leads meeting for new ideas at Ft. Benning, Ga.THE STARS AND STRIPES Page 19
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