Annex F. Special Operations Technology
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)

6. Improved Digital Transmission, Switching, Information Transfer Automation, and Human-to-Machine Interface Communications (C4I) Technologies

Technologies that should have the potential to provide improvements in weight reduction, size, LPI/LPD, power consumption/management, over-the-horizon capabilities, transmission rates, processor throughput, programmability, modularity, multi-band operations, simultaneous transmission/reception capabilities, real-time information, imagery/system/sensor fusion, spectral utilization, compatibility, seamless GPS integration, and miniaturized automated data processing (ADP). Technologies must be suitable for application in extreme environments and be compatible with standardized open architectures and complementary technologies, such as integrated navigation, direction finding, security, IFF, automatic encryption/authentication, etc. New systems must comply with USSOCOM's architectural tenets, which specify that systems must be seamless, robust, automated, use the full spectrum, and be standards compliant.