The Army has named the follow-on Land Warrior command and control ensemble the Nett Warrior, in honor of Col. Robert B. Nett who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Philippines in 1944 during World War II.
In a ceremony in the Pentagon June 14 – the Army’s 235th birthday celebration -- Malcolm O’Neill, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, said the Nett Warrior is designed to give situational awareness down to the corporal level. They will be able to tell the members of their nine-man team “where to go and what’s happening around them. You have more than the enemy.”
As envisioned now for most missions, three members of the nine-man teams will be equipped with Nett Warrior. For longer patrols, all members could be equipped.
It will be able to graphically display an individual soldier’s precise location on a digital geo-referenced map image. Other soldiers’ locations will also be graphically displayed as icons on a hands-free digital medium.
Recounting his experience in Vietnam where he and his soldiers took off their armor, O’Neill said, “This will make a difference. I got hit twice, hit in the leg and then in the arm. I was in a recon unit. Every time we found them we got our butt kicked.”
Decisions on proceeding from the three prototypes will be made in the coming year through limit-under tests and fielding could begin in 2012.
Adding, this system will help “make a soldier a decisive weapon.”
The Nett Warrior weighs between 30 to 40 pounds in its special suit and includes a radio and display mounted on the helmet. Its batteries can last for 24 hours and are rechargeable.
Col. “Wil” Riggins, project manager Soldier Warrior, said, “It will definitely be lighter over time.”
This is the second time in the past eight years the Army has named a weapon system for an individual.
In 2002 at the Association of the United States Army’s Winter Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the Army named its interim armored vehicle, the Stryker, in honor of Medal of Honor recipients, Pfc. Stuart Stryker, who served in World War II, and Spc. Robert Stryker, who served in Vietnam. The two men were not related.