A. Introduction and Constraints
The ultimate goal of the Army's Science and Technology (S&T) program is to provide the soldier with a winning edge on the battlefield. The accelerating pace of technological change will continue to offer significant opportunities to enhance the survivability, lethality, deployability, and versatility of Army forces. High technology research and development is, and will remain, a central feature of the Army's modernization strategy.
The purpose of this chapter is to show the planned transition of promising technology developments into tomorrow's operational capabilities. This transition is accomplished by demonstrations which evolve into the systems and system upgrades incorporated in the Army Modernization Plan (AMP).
Because the ASTMP is designed to be a funding constrained document, inclusion of Systems/System Upgrades and demonstrations in Chapter III was based on their inclusion in the FY9803 approved Army Program Objective Memorandum (POM), the FY97 Defense Appropriation, and the FY9803 Budget Estimate Submit (BES).
The inclusion of Advanced Concepts is based on the existence of funded 6.3 technology demonstrations in the POM and in the RDA Plan, directed toward potential future systems. These Advanced Concepts represent options that are thought to be technologically achievable and useful on a future battlefield. There is, however, no firm commitment by either the Department of the Army or the user community to develop or produce these specific Advanced Concepts.
Systems and system upgrades contained in this chapter are also included in the approved Army Modernization Plan.
Most of the roadmaps contained in this chapter reflect only limited planned technology demonstration activity beyond the year 2000, due to the ever changing threat and the difficulty of projecting realistic far-term funding.