The US Army has released its latest modernisation plan with special emphasis on information technologies from cloud computing to biometrics, and major network and data centre efforts.

The modernisation plan says the army will implement the cloud computing project in Afghanistan in FY2010 to provide deployed forces with the storage and advanced computing capability to use the enhanced sensor architecture in the battlefield, according to

The plan also discusses other upgrades to the army’s battle command networks including weapons and vehicles under two development programmes, the warfighter information network – tactical (Win-T) and the next-generation joint tactical radio system (JTRS).

Included in the plan is a budget to spend $630m on Win-T, an upgraded, high-speed network backbone.

Win-T will be deployed in three increments by being interoperable, upgradeable and carry voice, video and data. The field tests for the latest tactical radio upgrades as part of the JTRS are scheduled to begin in fiscal 2012.

The plan also focuses on future military technologies, including neuroscience research to improve human-machine interfaces, development of unmanned systems, computer networking research and the development of virtual training systems.

The army is also preparing to launch the initial prototypes of the first-generation ground soldier system, which includes a computer, GPS navigation, headset and microphone, and helmet-mounted display, according to the modernisation strategy.