Soldier Lethality


The Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team was established at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 2018, for the purpose of pursuing the combat capabilities necessary to achieve and sustain overmatch against enemy forces anywhere and at any time. The concept of enhancing Soldier lethality necessitates a strategic focus on the needs and fundamental functions of the 21st Century Soldier in respect to shooting, movement and mobility, communications and protection. The SL CFT’s approach is unique in that it treats both the Soldier and the squad as an integrated combat platform, and addresses these requirements in development of Next Generation Squad Weapons and the Integrated Visual Augmentation System to enhance the performance, lethality and survivability of the Close Combat Force.


Brigadier General Larry Burris - Commander, Soldier Lethality, AFC

Brigadier General
Larry Burris

Chief of Infantry and Director of Soldier Lethality Cross-Functional Team

Brigadier General Larry Burris is the Chief of Infantry and the director of the Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team at Fort Benning, Georgia. Serving in both roles gives him the unique opportunity to drive the changes necessary to improve the performance, lethality and survivability of the close combat force.

Larry was commissioned as an Infantry Officer from the Virginia Military Institute, where he earned a degree in Business and Economics. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy Management from Georgetown University and a Master’s in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Before assuming responsibility for the CFT in August of 2021, Larry was the director of operations for the Combined Join Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.