Timeline: Army Modernization and Future Combat Systems
World War I: Introduction of tanks, airplanes, machine guns.
World War II: Introduction of communication from ground to airplanes by radio. Introduction of Atomic bomb. Infantry moved by truck rather than by foot.
Vietnam War: Introduction of M16 rifle, giving every infantryman an automatic rifle.
1970s: Development of Abrams tank.
1970s: Introduction of widespread use of night vision goggles.
1981: Introduction of Bradley fighting vehicle.
1990s: Emergence of the Internet and wireless technology.
1996-1999: Intellectual underpinnings of Future Combat Systems through Army After Next, a series of wargames.
1999: Army bogged down in Albania during Kosovo War, hastening call for faster, lighter force.
1999: Army begins concept for Future Combat Systems under Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki.
1999-2003: Army develops operational requirements and plans and analysis for Future Combat Systems.
2002: Boeing and SAIC selected as lead systems integrators for Future Combat Systems.
2003: Program officially started.
Summer, 2007: Army Evaluation Task Force, or AETF, formed at Ftort Bliss to assess Future Combat Systems.
October, 2007: AETF begins testing and evaluation of "Spin out 1," first set of prototypes.
February 25-March 25, 2008: First technical field tests of "Spin out 1."
2009: Congressionally-directed decision on whether to proceed with Future Combat Systems.
2011: Completion of critical design review.
2012: First major test of network with majority of prototypes.
2013: Initial production starts.
2015: The first brigade combat team equipped with complete Future Combat Systems.
2017: Army goes into full-rate production.
2030: 15 bridages equipped with complete Future Combat Systems.
Sources: GAO, Congressional Budget Office, Army, military historians, military contractors.