5. Army Digitization Program
Digitization of the battlefield has emerged as a major thrust of U.S. national military planning. The Army Digitization Master Plan calls for the development of systems to achieve a tactical inter-networked C3I system that will significantly enhance situation awareness, force integration, combat identification and target hand-off, database distribution, and communications. The International Digitization Strategy provides the framework for international cooperation to enhance interoperability and technology leveraging. In the mid and far terms, international programs will enhance capabilities with reduced technical risk by ensuring the Army access to advanced technologies and alternative approaches.
Worldwide technology trends and specific C4I technology leveraging opportunities have been identified in the Army Digitization Master Plan, Chapter 5, and the International Digitization Strategy. The strategy to leverage these opportunities is to focus on the following:
- Identifying critical information and communications technology opportunities through worldwide technology assessments Advanced displays and interactive displays, particularly enhanced human interfaces to support improved operator effectiveness
Software and intelligent systems, particularly in language understanding/ translation and intelligent agents, process sensed and stored data and interact seamlessly with human operators and autonomous systems
Telecommunications and information distribution with emphasis on wireless digital data limits to provide secure, robust, real-time interchange of data between graphically dispersed and highly mobile force elements
Advanced distributed simulation of synthetic environments and automated forces and operations to allow distributed modeling and rehearsal of better conditions to support mission planning and force optimization
Advanced sensors, particularly multi- domain smart sensors for continuous, rapid, and precise discrimination and targeting of all threats under all anticipated battlefield conditions
- Encouraging industry-to-industry/academia teaming arrangements that allow the leveraging of allied commercial research and technology in identified critical technologies
- Utilizing existing agreements and forums when possible to exchange research and technology information and to develop specific new initiatives
The Army Research Laboratory's Federated Laboratory will provide new dynamic avenues for government-to-government relationships with enhanced opportunities for technology leveraging through industry-to-industry and academia-to-academia teaming arrangements. Table VII-1 and Annex E have been expanded significantly in this revision of the ASTMP. Many of the added items apply directly to battlefield digitization. Figure VII-11 highlights opportunities identified in Annex E that directly support digitization.
Figure VII-11. International Opportunities Offer Broad Support for the Digitization Technology Base.
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