6. Future Trends
In an ever changing world, technology is a valuable global commodity. As discussed in the previous sections, access to technology to support Army programs is complementary to the mid- and far-term ASTMP milestones. The current trends assessment summarized in Table VII-1 and discussed in detail in Annex E (Figure E-2) shows that there are world-class capabilities in virtually all of the ASTMP research and technology areas (Chapters 4 and 5) outside the U.S. borders. The European Community will continue to provide significant capability in most of the Army's research and technology areas of interest. Similar trends are shown for Japan and to a lesser degree for Canada, Israel, and Sweden. A more limited contribution is indicated for other allies and the Former Soviet Union.