Annex A. Science And Technology Objectives (STOs)
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


III.G.15p. Future Combat System Distributed Defense. By 4QFY04, demonstrate a distributed defense system that is capable of protecting armored forces against attack by smart and precision guided weapons. This will reduce cost and enhance force survivability by putting select sensors and countermeasures on some rather than all of the vehicles in the force. The strategy that vehicles fitted with various sensors and countermeasures will provide protection to the rest of the vehicles in the force. Data gathered from the distributed sensors would be fused and communicated in real-time to the entire force. This capability would allow for completely coordinated defense for the armored force. Sensors, electronic countermeasures, and active protection will be considered. Most, if not all, Sensor/CM/ Commo technologies will either be COTS available or available from other DoD agencies. By FY01, identify optimal sensor/countermeasure technologies and determine sensor/ countermeasure mix through operational effectiveness analyses studies. By FY02, integrate Distributed Defense technologies in a laboratory environment and perform small-scale field testing of selected technologies. By FY03, conduct DIS experiments. By FY04, conduct field demonstrations and transition Distributed Defense system specifications to PEO-GVSS.

Supports: Abrams, Bradley, Crusader, and FCS.

STO Manager: TSO: TRADOC POC:
Jim Soltesz John Appel COL John Kalb
TARDEC SARD-TT Armor Center DFD
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