News 1998 Army Science and Technology Master Plan

B. Revolution in Military Logistics

The RML requires logistics to acquire a number of capabilities that it currently does not have. To achieve these capabilities requires research and development (R&D) of advanced technologies. Underlying a distribution based system, real–time situational understanding, anticipatory and precision logistics, seamless logistics system, and streamlined acquisition are a wide array of advanced technologies that must be researched, developed, applied, and acquired for there to be an RML and thus the attainment of Army XXI and the AAN.

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C. RML Technology Enabling Areas

Technology areas that are key to making the vision of the RML a reality for Army XXI and the AAN include:

Source data automation
Sentinel systems
Intelligent networks
Natural language processors
Voice activated automation
Advanced materials
Smart/brilliant munitions
Artificial intelligence
Satellite communications
Advanced manufacturing
Space operations

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As evidenced by the current Army Science and Technology Management Information System (ASTMIS), the combat weapon systems that the logisticians sustain and maintain have been and will continue to be more and more technologically sophisticated. The warfighters are developing technologies for their combat equipment that will allow them to move about the battlefields of the future with near impunity; day, night, all weather, all terrain, against virtually any threat. For the logistician to be capable of sustaining and maintaining this combat force there must be similar battlefield mobility and situational awareness built into logistic’s equipment and command and control systems. In the past this would have dictated increased numbers and types of test measurement diagnostic equipment (TMDE) to be developed, maintained, and deployed to support the weapon systems. The Army no longer has the logistics personnel available to conduct business as usual. A Glimpse of the Future tells us that logisticians must have mobility and agility on the battlefield equal to that of the warfighter. Technologies must provide predictive capability to the logistician. This is the only way to relieve the reactive burden currently imposed upon the logistician.

There are technologies available and being developed that will allow the logisticians to change their business practices/processes to meet these current and warfighters’ requirements for logistics support. The ability of the logistician to project and sustain the force is governed by the capability of the Army R&D community to research, develop, and apply advanced technologies to logistics’ functions. The key criterion is to make the logistics functions seamlessly connected, anticipatory, and distribution based with an agile acquisition strategy. Battle forces are almost logistically self–reliant for 48–120 hours.

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