News 1998 Army Science and Technology Master Plan

Chapter III
Technology Transition

We are not the only nation with competence in defense science and technology. To sustain the lead which brought us victory during Desert Storm . . . recognizing that over time other nations will develop comparable capabilities, we must . . . invest in the next generation of defense technologies.

William J. Perry
Former Secretary of Defense

A. Introduction and Constraints

The ultimate goal of the Army’s science and technology (S&T) program is to provide the soldier with a winning edge on the battlefield. The accelerating pace of technological change will continue to offer significant opportunities to enhance the survivability, lethality, deployability, and versatility of Army forces. High–technology research and development is, and will remain, a central feature of the Army’s modernization strategy.

The purpose of this chapter is to show the planned transition of promising technology developments into tomorrow’s operational capabilities. This transition is accomplished by demonstrations that evolve into the systems and system upgrades incorporated in the Army Modernization Plan (AMP).

Because the Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP) is designed to be a funding–constrained document, inclusion of systems/system upgrades and demonstrations in Chapter III was based on their inclusion in the FY99–03 approved Army program objective memorandum (POM), the FY98 defense appropriation, and the FY98 budget estimate submission (BES).

The inclusion of advanced concepts is based on the existence of funded 6.3 technology demonstrations in the POM and in the research, development, and acquisition (RDA) plan, directed toward potential future systems. These advanced concepts represent options that are thought to be technologically achievable and useful on a future battlefield. There is, however, no firm commitment by either the Department of the Army or the user community to develop or produce these specific advanced concepts.

Systems and system upgrades contained in this chapter are also included in the approved AMP.

Most of the roadmaps contained in this chapter reflect only limited planned technology demonstration activity beyond the year 2000, due to the ever–changing threat and the difficulty of projecting realistic far–term funding.

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