One thing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have done that peacetime couldn’t was put a great deal of emphasis on personal and squad level equipment.
Lots of defense contractors have proposed solutions to problems. Some real, some not quite as pressing.
Rather than buying stuff and sending it direct to the theaters of war, the Army allows contractors to loan equipment to troops at Ft. Benning to put the gear to work and evaluate its viability.
The 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry is the “school troop” of the Infantry Center and School. It provides troops and equipment to support training infantrymen, infantry officers at Officer Basic Course, Officer Candidate School, and supports events such as this where the Infantry Center wants to test new equipment or concepts.