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"Today's military forces rely on leading-edge technologies and capabilities that allow them to dominate in complex and harsh operational environments. Carrying the latest in technology often requires the latest in soft goods, including backpacks and specialised clothing, to lighten the load and make life easier for the soldier. Depending on the mission and equipment requirements, supplies like communications devices, assault and weapons gear, and even expedition and sustainment needs, add up quickly. While optimal load per doctrine is 35 percent of body weight, the reality is our soldiers often carry over 100 pounds of equipment, an experience few product design teams or government procurement officials have endured."