PdM Force Sustainment Systems enhances the combat effectiveness and quality of life for the Soldier by providing equipment, systems, and technical support to sustain and improve the environments in which they live, train, and operate.
It is our vision to be the premier life cycle manager for systems that improve the quality of life for the joint war fighter and homeland defender, and to do so with great flexibility, as the Joint Force transforms philosophically, organizationally, demographically, and geographically.
PdM Force Sustainment Systems has life cycle management responsibility for more than 45 Acquisition Category (ACAT) III programs with a total budget in excess of $0.5B over the FY08-13 years. These programs provide direct and indirect life cycle support to Soldiers in virtually any environment to include training, contingency and combat operations. The programs are organized into five different product lines: Field Feeding Equipment, Field Services Equipment, Shelter Systems, Aerial Delivery Systems, and Force Provider. They provide a broad range of Soldier sustainment capability to ensure Soldiers have the proper living conditions, nutrition, supply, hygiene, and clean clothing, resulting in improved combat effectiveness.
Field Feeding - The Field Feeding Team’s mission is to provide the right food service equipment to Army Combatant Commanders giving them the organic capability to feed themselves in a modular/maneuver combat environment, training or other assignment. The key challenges in this environment are lack of available resources, i.e., intermittent or no electrical power, limited water supply and operation on JP-8, the single fuel on the battlefield.
Field Services - The Field Services Team’s mission is to provide the right field service equipment to Army Combatant Commanders in a modular/maneuver combat environment, training or other assignment. The team leverages emerging technologies from the Science and Technology (S & T) community to provide the best field service solutions to meet the capability gaps identified by the Combat Developer, The Combined Arms Support Command. The Field Services Team’s functional areas include clean and repair combat clothing and textiles, provide personal hygiene for warfighters in tactical environments, and provide mortuary and religious services.
Airdrop - The Airdrop/Aerial Delivery Program encompasses the design and development of airdrop equipment for personnel, supplies and equipment in support of mass airborne assaults, resupply, special operations, deepstrike concepts, and humanitarian relief. The focus is on improved accuracy and reliability of parachutes, increased payloads, improved safety, and increased operational flexibility.
Shelter Systems - The Shelter Systems team has direct responsibility for the development, fielding and sustainment for shelter system commodities managed within PdM FSS. Specifically, the Shelter Systems team develops, tests and fields products and systems that house and support Soldier sustainment in the field by providing program execution and life cycle management for rigid wall shelters, soft wall shelters (tents), heaters (powered and non-powered), specialty storage containers, and camouflage net systems.
Combat Field Service Equipment - Force Provider is the Army’s Premier Base Camp. The Force Provider concept was born in 1991 as a result of inadequate living conditions for our Soldiers during Desert Shield/Storm. General Sullivan, CSA directed the development of a containerized, highly deployable city. Force Provider provides Soldiers with the basic necessities for living conditions - billets, showers, latrines, and laundry, kitchen and their support equipment. Force Provider includes power generation and distribution, fuel support, water and waste water systems.
Based upon lessons learned and the current deployment scenario, the Force Provider Module has evolved from a 550 man camp with limited flexibility in deployment capability into a four 150 Expeditionary Base Camps, with additional Morale, Welfare, and Recreational and Administrative support capabilities. Each Expeditionary Base Camp comes complete with water and fuel storage, and distribution systems, and wastewater collection.
Force Provider has provided high quality living conditions in Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Guantanamo Bay, Bosnia and currently in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Base Camp Systems Integration Laboratory
The Army’s Base Camp Systems Integration Laboratory (SIL), managed and operated by PM FSS, will enable the Army and the Joint Services to evaluate future technologies in a live Soldier environment, providing solutions to reduce the energy demand and logistical burden on base camps in Afghanistan. The 4-acre SIL, located at Fort Devens, is fully instrumented to measure water, fuel and power usage; forging the path for increased energy efficient and base camp commonality. Improving our Soldier's quality of life, along with better facilitating the mission of units at base camps, are just a few of the SIL's objectives.