The Wall Street Journal, Online, ran an interesting article titled: “Fighting Form: Military Takes On Battery Fatigue” written by Keith Johnson, which speaks to the growing and urgent need for rethinking power. It has reached the point of ridiculous personally, so I can only imagine what it must be like for the troops.
I wrote an article several years ago where I discussed the “electrification of the soldier.” In that piece, I emphasized that with every passing month, new devices are introduced to the warfighter; seemingly, without any standardization on power requirements. I think the hens are coming home to roost, and the time is now to look at standardizing power requirements for soldier equipment. This thinking has to be incorporated into the accessory design thought process, from the bottom up, if measurable results are to be achieved.