Chapter II. Science and Technology Integration With Army XXI
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)

1. Future Operational Capabilities (FOC)

FOCs are statements of an operational capability required by the Army to achieve the ideas articulated in the hierarchy of concepts (TP 525 series) and to maintain military dominance over the operational environment in which it will be required to operate. FOCs are employed in the TRADOC Science & Technology (S&T) and the Science & Technology Objective (STO) Reviews as the measure for assessing the warfighting merits of individual science and technology efforts. FOCs guide the Army's Science & Technology investment. Materiel developers and industry use FOCs as a reference to guide independent research and developments and facilitate horizontal technology integration (HTI). FOCs are used within the Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP) process to provide a warfighting focus to technology base funding.

TRADOC Pamphlet 525-66, Future Operational Capabilities, is the control mechanism for requirements determination activities. It compiles and summarizes the desired future operational capabilities described in TRADOC approved concepts. TP 525-66 will be the basis for conducting studies and warfighting experiments.