Annex E. International Armaments Strategy
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)

7. Next Generation Tactical Switches (France)

Description: This project concerns R&D of advanced switch systems technology to further the performance of information flow to and from the land forces (Army) commander. Advanced switch technology, specifically Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) switching, promises to offer many advantages to a next-generation information infrastructure, for commercial as well as military tactical and strategic applications. This project will serve for exchange of technology that will be developed in the parties' respective R&D technology base programs.

Justification: The growing information explosion integrating voice, data, and imagery will be affecting all military services and the Army tactical commander has a growing, long-term need to send and receive voluminous amounts of information in many and various forms. This project will serve to advance the tactical switch system technology and lay the basis for the next generation of Army tactical switches that will transport information in a global, seamless manner.

Implementation: There is an existing agreement in this technology area with France.


Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
5001 Eisenhower Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001
e-mail: [email protected]


Mr. Robert Both
Fort Monmouth, NJ 07703
e-mail: [email protected]