1. The Army Modernization Plan
The Army's force modernization strategy must anticipate the threat and design a defense long before that threat appears. The Army Chief of Staff has established five strategic objectives to guide this modernization. To enable the Army to implement that strategy, the science and technology program must be closely linked to Army force modernization, focusing on upgrades and advanced systems and concepts that meet Army needs and delivering timely and affordable technologies that support those advanced systems and concepts.
The Army Modernization Plan (AMP) is prepared by the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans. The AMP formally states the Army's funded plans for force development and modernization and clearly articulates goals for specific modernization efforts through its mission area modernization annexes. It is the key document that assists in focusing and disciplining research, development, and acquisition (RDA) efforts over the long term (up to 30 years). The AMP promotes better communication between the Army and industry and allows for the early identification of programs that are not feasible given existing and planned funding. Chapter III of this volume presents an overview of the modernization plan annexes, highlighting required enabling technologies and important technology demonstrations for the Army's future upgrades and new systems (see Figure I-19).
|Figure I-19. Science and Technology Support for
the Army Modernization Objectives
Modernization Plan Annexes set priorities among Army programs and integrate those programs into the total Army force (active and reserve components), thus allowing resources to be used more efficiently as modernization plans are completed and executed. Each annex is constrained to available and programmed resources and must be responsive to external factors such as changing threats, technology opportunity breakthroughs or delays, funding levels, and personnel assets.