SL CFTSoldier 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 over-match 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, the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle – Binocular and the Integrated Visual Augmentation System to enhance the performance, lethality and survivability of the Close Combat Force.


Major General
David M. Hodne

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

Maj. Gen. David M. Hodne 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.

Dave was commissioned from the U.S. Military Academy in 1991. He earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and a master’s in military studies in unconventional warfare from American Military University. Dave served in Ranger, Stryker, Cavalry, Mechanized and Light Infantry formations, and has extensive experience in both conventional and special operations. He is also a distinguished member of the 75th Ranger Regiment.