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


IV.M.05. Weather-Impacts and Decision Aids for Mission Rehearsal, Training, and Battlefield Execution. Improve battlefield Weather-Impacts and Decision Aids (WIDA) so that current forecast weather and predicted impacts on systems and operations produced by the fielded IMETS are also usable in mission rehearsal, training, and combat simulations and so that we "train as we fight." Quantify weather impacts to improve current qualitative "red-yellow-green" stop-light outputs from integrated Weather Effects Decision Aids (IWEDA), developed under STO IV.M.3 for the fielded Integrated Meteorological System (IMETS) and the Army Battle Command System (ABCS) Battlefield Automated Systems (BAS). Weather effects decision aids are included under the Defense Technology Area Plan (DTAP) SE35, Combat Weather Support. In FY98, extend IWEDA rule-based warnings and qualitative weather impacts by upgrading its artificial intelligence techniques to incorporate quantitative atmospheric effects and system performance. By FY99, incorporate quantified impacts of acoustics, illumination, propagation, smoke obscuration, terrain-coupled wind transport, and weather forecasts. By FY00, extend weather-impact models and decision aids to produce quantitative, four-dimensional (4D) weather impacts incorporating improved battlescale forecasts and atmospheric effects on weapons systems and operations. By FY01, upgrade models for characteristics and weather impacts on threat platforms and weapons. By FY02, integrate improvements back into IMETS to upgrade tactical Army Battle Command System weather-impacts and decision aids.

Demonstrate during Division Task Force XXI Advanced Warfighting Experiment (AWE) in FY98, Corps Task Force XXI and follow-on AWEs, incorporating Battlescale Weather forecasts and effects for consistent play of real-time Own the Weather capability for Force XXI situation awareness, mission planning, and combat training.

Supports: PEO C3S, ABCS, TFXXI, IEW Technology Investment Strategy, Synthetic Theater of War (STOW) Campaign Plan

STO Manager: TSO: TRADOC POC:
Douglas Brown Catherine Kominos Lee Garrison
ARL-IST SARD-TR Battle Command Battle Lab
(Ft. Leavenworth)
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