Chapter I Strategy and Overview
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


D. Army Modernization Strategy

A principal focus of U.S. military planning is on deterrence and regional crisis response. The Army, in concert with the other military services, is the strategic contingency force which must respond rapidly to regional crises and ensure that, if deterrence fails, we win decisively, swiftly, and with minimum casualties.

Army warfighting concepts to meet changing world realities are currently in a transitional period. JCS Pub 3-0, Doctrine for Joint Operations, establishes the fundamental principles, concepts, and doctrine for the Armed Forces of the United States in joint operations, as well as the doctrinal basis for U.S. military involvement in multinational and interagency operations. It defines the range of military operations, encompassed by war and operations other than war; describes the linkage between National and Combatant Command strategies; and provides a treatise on the operational art of war. JCS Pub 3-0 establishes the framework within which the doctrine, training, leader development, operations, and materiel of the U.S. Army must be generated and synchronized.

U.S. Army FM 100-5, Operations, was created within the construct of National Security Strategy and Policies, National Military Strategy, and JCS Pub 3-0. FM 100-5 undergirds all of the Army's doctrine, training, materiel, leader development, and soldier concerns. Doctrine is never static; although firmly rooted in the realities of current capabilities, it does look to the future in anticipation of intellectual and technological developments. FM 100-5 has led to establishment of six Battle Labs. The Advanced Concepts and Technology (ACT) II 6.2 Program, highlighted in Figure I-18, competitively funds industry at the $1220 million per year level to participate in Battle Lab and Advanced Warfighting Experiments at the TRADOC Battle Labs. A more comprehensive explanation is presented in Chapters II and VII.

Figure I-18. ACT II Program
  • New Initiative to Fund Simulation and Field Tests at Battle Labs
  • New Concepts Evaluation By TRADOC Battle Labs
  • Proposals From Industry/Academia Through BAA
  • Contract Management Through Lead RDECs Supporting Battle Labs
  • Funding (6.2)
    $12-20M per year FY95-99