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Integrated Soldier Systems Executive To Attend DVD

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DVD - Defence Equipment And Support (DE&S)
: 09 June, 2010  (New Product)
Military equipment exhibition to feature the ISSE, the UK body responsible for the development of a Soldier System Architecture
DVD 2010, Defence Equipment & Support’s (DE&S) stakeholder event for the land and supply chain communities in the defence sector, takes place on June 23 and 24. The event, held at Millbrook in Bedfordshire, will welcome the Integrated Soldier Systems Executive (ISSE) – part of the Individual Capabilities Group (ICG) - for the first time. Created by DE&S in early 2009, the ISSE has been tasked with the responsibility of developing the future 2020 Vision of the Soldier by producing a Soldier System Architecture.

The Soldier System Architecture will, for the first time, account for the soldier’s entire equipment ensemble. ISSE’s objective is to become effectively the Platform Delivery Team for the soldier and ensure improved performance, survivability and agility of frontline soldiers through optimal integration of individual combat equipment. The team plans to achieve this through mandating specific standards for interface design, reducing the burden on the dismounted soldier, providing equipment earlier in the training cycle and championing optimised integration of the soldier system.

Whilst the modern combat soldier is the best-equipped and most capable ever fielded, the demand of modern operations means carrying a great deal more equipment than ever before. This additional equipment obviously has an effect on agility and performance and the ISSE team has been tasked with reducing the physical burden to 35kg.
Over the last twelve months, 7.5kgs have already been removed with the target of another 5kgs to be achieved within the next year. The team’s main focus at DVD 2010 will be interacting with industry to discuss how equipment can be procured in a more systematic, coherent and holistic way. Members of the ISSE team will be on hand throughout the two days to discuss the team’s priorities over the next twelve months and demonstrate the achievements already undertaken.

DVD 2010 will be used by the ICG as a launch pad for ISSE and its engagement with industry. The two-day event will serve as an excellent platform for the team to outline its plans for the development of the Soldier System Architecture and find suppliers that can support them in achieving it. ISSE Team Leader, Marcus Bruton, said: “DVD is a showcase event which gives the MOD and in particular DE&S the opportunity to engage with suppliers to offer a consistent message to industry. However, it also provides DE&S the ability to interact with a large number of soldiers and in particular discuss the ISSE agenda further to help future development.”

One of the ISSE’s current priorities is to get industry involved with the definition of standards and the production of Interface Requirement Specifications which can be used across the Soldier System. Marcus Bruton, continued: “The MOD could develop these standards in isolation but without industry ‘buy-in’, take up could be limited and industry would not receive the clear direction that the MOD needs to give. The team will be using DVD to spread the message that the ISSE has been created to act as the ‘platform delivery team for the soldier’ to give clear direction and support to industry to achieve the goal.”

The ISSE team will feature on the ICG display which takes centre stage at the entrance of DVD this year. The ISSE display will highlight the current extent of equipment carried by the dismounted soldier in theatre and the steps that have already been made to reduce the burden.
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