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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - September 6, 1970, Darmstadt, Hessei] -i t «B , 8*9df \ . f.-t *"3 tSf- J THE SOLDIER of tomorrow will in? aman for all seasons with a mobility unique to his generation. How he fights,what equipment he uses and who fights at his side are three of many questionswhich must be answered before he moves 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 the Army of the future while improving theArmy of today. Under the command of Lt. Gen. George I. Forsythe more than6,000 personnel produce studies, field manuals, materiel requirements andtables of organization and equipment for the field Armv—from now through1990. More than 20 subordinate agencies,groups and institutes, located at as many separate installations across theUnited States, assist CDC headquarters in performing its mission. These sub-elements, which are the very backbone of CDC, determine how their respectivebranches or functions should fight or conduct operations, how they should beequipped and how they should be organ- ized. Besides its organizational elements,the command has an extensive liaison system to tie it in with other Army acti-vities, other U.S. military commands around the globe and with more than100 liaison officers representing outside U.S. and foreign military activitiesworking with CDC. Actual development and procurementactivities are performed by the Army Materiel Comd (AMC), the primary-materiel developer. The Continental Army Comd (CONARC) trains the per-sonnel and organizes the units for the Army in the field. However, CDC is thedoctrinal developer for the Army in the field, recommending new or unprovedtactics and operations, materiel require- ments and organizations. Its concern iswith the user throughout the life cycle of Army systems. While working on today and tomor-row, CDC started "yesterday" with plans for the design of new and im-proved combat requirements needed in th 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 of scientifically-instrumented locale toform what is sometimes called "CDC's Live Chessboard."This unique military field laboratory is a realistic slice of a future battle-field. On it, new tactics, techniques, equipment and clothing are tested in"miniwars" before being given CDC approval for use in the field. I n several other CDC locationsthroughout the continental United States, war games are fought in compu-ters and on "glass battlefields" to test strengths and weaknesses of many al-ternatives of organizations, weapons systems 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 of the troops. CDC is concerned about the soldier,both today's and tomorrow's. It is their staled mission to insure that the Army,both present and future, extracts the greatest possible combat capabilityfrom its available and projected re- sources—and to assist in acquiringthose resources --ANF Protected for toxic environments, a Gl holds Ml6 rifle with a mounted amplifying starlight scope silen! and accuraie airdrop of supplies, controlled by B tested at Ft. Belvoirt Vcu 1970 Army Sounding Board president, U. Col. Steve P. Himic leads meeting for new ideas at Ft. Benning, Ga. THE STARS AND STRIPES Page 19 ;