Annex F. Special Operations Technology
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


2. Lightweight, Low-Volume Survival, Sustainment, and Personal Equipment

Technologies that, in both favorable and adverse environment and mission conditions, should have the potential to provide enhanced performance, sustainment, and protection of SOF personnel, that will include endurance/fatigue reduction, mobility, active and passive camouflage, signature reduction, lethality, alertness, protection against ballistic, D.E.W., etc. Proposed technologies should be applicable to the full range of individual SOF equipment and systems, to include: C4I equipment, rations, protective clothing, camouflage, signature reduction, laser and direct energy protection, body armor, sensors, maritime and diving equipment, individual water purification, etc. Camouflage/deception concepts should show adaptability to a variety of topographical and climatic backgrounds. Development of technologies and follow-on systems must not reduce durability, performance, or usability due to size and weight reduction; or adversely affect the individual's physical strength, flexibility, endurance, etc. Robotic technologies for ground and air platform applications will be of interest to reduce the burden of non-combat essential equipment. Such technologies should demonstrate improvements in operational capabilities utilizing current and future advances in miniaturization and weight reduction, fatigue reduction, biochemistry, nutrition, electronics, fabrics, textiles, hybrid materials, metallurgy, or the life sciences. Medical technologies to enhance the treatment and prevention of battle injuries and non-battle casualties will also be of interest.