2. Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD)
ATDs are a category of technology demonstration characterized by the following: relatively large scale both in resources and complexity; operator/user involvement from planning to final documentation; testing in a real and/or synthetic operational environment; finite schedule, typically five years or less; cost, schedule, and objective performance baselines in an Army Technology Demonstration Plan approved by the DAS (R&T). Each ATD must meet or exceed exit criteria agreed upon by the warfighter and ATD Manager at program inception (well before the tests begin) before the technology in question will transition to development. The ATD approval process is shown in Figure I-28.
|Figure I-28. Army ATD Process
ATDs seek to demonstrate the potential for enhanced military operational capability and/or cost effectiveness. Active participation by the TRADOC School, as well as the developer, is required throughout the demonstration. At least one demonstration at a TRADOC Battle Lab is required, and an advanced demonstration simulation is strongly encouraged, as needed. This means approximately $250 million worth of ATDs will be evaluated at the Battle Labs this year. This helps each TRADOC School to develop more informed requirements and the materiel developer to reduce risk prior to the initiation of full-scale system development. Figure I-29 shows the crosswalk of the 23 ongoing ATDs with the Army Modernization Plan Annexes, STOs (see also Annex A of Volume II), and sections of Chapter III in this volume.
|Figure I-29. Correlation Between Ongoing Army ATDs
and the Army Modernization Plan