Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week: PEO Soldier

Typical page from the PEO Soldier Portfolio, this one featuring the M320 grenade launcher.

Typical page from the PEO Soldier Portfolio, this one featuring the M320 grenade launcher.

The dog’s breakfast that is US Army procurement is divided into various Program Executive Offices, each of which is commanded by a senior officer. PEO Soldier is responsible for equipment that is worn, carried or operated by the individual soldier, including small arms improvements, sights, armor, carrying tackle, and so forth.

PEO Soldier’s official mission is:

Develop, acquire, field and sustain affordable integrated state of the art equipment to improve Soldier dominance in Army operations today and in the future.

via PEO Soldier | Mission.

Translating that from the Army-bushwah into the Queen’s English, or at least the colonial variant spoken here, these are the guys (and gals) who are developing the next generation (and the one after that) of individual and organizational (but used by individuals) kit. They have fielded everything from the good (M4A1 upgrade, finally ditching the crappy burst device), the bad (the dreadful Army Combat Uniform and its non-concealing Universal Camouflage Pattern), and the ugly (but we’ve already mentioned the ACU and UCP, which are not only ineffective camouflage but look like a bag of barf).

The major areas of PEO Soldier are Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment, Soldier Sensors and Lasers, Solcier Warrior (which produces high-tech integrated systems), and Soldier Weapons (our direct interest).

Things of particular interest on the website, all of which are linked from the main PEO Soldier page, include featured equipment at the main page, the PDF of the 2012 Rapid Fielding Initiative equipment, and the PEO Soldier Portfolio. Right now, the link still goes to the 2012 Portfolio.

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