Infantry squads struggle with weight of devices, batteries

Army to take new look at integrated capabilities needed for small units

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey has asked the service's Training and Doctorate Command to put together a list of integrated capabilities that will drive the requirements for what is needed by the infantry squad of the future, DOD Buzz reports.

It seems the steady march of high-tech devices – and the disposable batteries that power them – that are making their way into frontline soldiers’ kits are weighing them down and also pinpointing their route and position through a trail of discarded batteries left on the battlefield, according to remarks Dempsey made at an Institute of Land Warfare breakfast May 5.

“You can follow a U.S. infantry patrol by the disposable batteries that it trails behind it, almost like breadcrumbs, to find their way back to their" forward operating base, he said. "The question is, What does a squad need? When we figure that out, then we can figure out a way to deliver it."

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