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each team will function more independently of the platoon or company command structure.
Technologies such as the global positioning system will be able to support the fire team leader's new responsibilities for decisions regarding the choice of route for advancing or withdrawing. The actual decision to advance or withdraw will in most instances be made by higher command, but the fire team leader will possess most of the determining information via digitized communications from tactical intelligence sources.
In the future it is expected that new technologies will allow global sharing of information for command, control, and communication functions. Such information is projected to involve high-fidelity images, accurate friend or foe location and identification, smart decision aids, and intelligent filters to reduce, organize, and digest the high volumes of data flowing through the system. It is also anticipated that the future will see new and upgraded applications of information technology for combat support services, such as equipment and system maintenance, logistics, and training. Simplified maintenance and improved reliability of information systems will be achieved by their being self-organizing and self-healing (automated diagnostics and self-reconfiguration). Database management systems that link logistics information (e.g., spares inventory) to maintenance information (e.g., maintenance history and status of equipment) will permit both preventive maintenance and just-in-time delivery of spare parts. Some commanders expect that progressive advancements in technology will produce a metasystem for personnel management. This ideal device would enable commanders to choose soldiers for units, task forces, special team assignments, and duty assignments based on a soldier's proven performance and training on mission-relevant skills and tasks.
Training is another area in which technology is expected to make a substantial contribution. Some examples include the use of high-fidelity simulations for mission rehearsal and the acquisition of new mission-related skills. Embedded, self-paced training that can be tailored to the trainee's level of expertise is also under development.
The Army has developed a program called MANPRINT (Manpower and Personnel Integration) to integrate concerns re-