Chapter III. Technology Transition
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


1. Contents of Chapter III

This chapter presents the transition of technology into Systems/System Upgrades and Advanced Concepts (S/SU/ACs) in 14 sections corresponding to the Annexes of the FY97 Army Modernization Plan (AMP). Note that, because the AMP has recently been restructured, there is not a one-to-one correlation between the Chapter III ASTMP sections and the AMP Annexes. The ASTMP sections are as follows:

Although AMP Annexes currently exist for Force Structure, Information Mission Area, Missile Defense, and Tactical Wheeled Vehicles, there are no Army S&T-funded technology demonstrations planned. Therefore, there is no corresponding section for these Annexes included in Chapter III.

Each section includes a crosswalk, by system, showing the support to the applicable Modernization Plan Annexes. Additionally, each addresses the questions of "Why?" and "How?" The "Why?" part consists mainly of the discussion of operational capabilities. The "How?" part is addressed in the demonstration descriptions and the roadmap chart. Each section is built around the framework displayed in Figure III-C-1 and contains the following information:

Introduction--A quick synopsis which presents the theme and S&T efforts to be discussed in the section.

Relationship to Operational Capabilities--This section includes a table which ties S/SU/ACs to the applicable Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Battlefield Dynamics and presents the specific new system capabilities required for each area. The function categories relate to the TRADOC Battlefield Dynamics. Capabilities were derived from TRADOC-defined Operational Capability Requirements (OCR)/Future Operational Capabilities (FOC) (see Volume II, Annex C), AMP Annexes, system descriptions, and other related documents.

Figure III-C-1. Framework for Technology Transition Sections

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Modernization Strategy --A brief synopsis of the applicable modernization strategy is provided.

Roadmap--The roadmap is a graphical milestone representation of all the technology transition demonstrations which are covered in the section. It shows approximate time frames and associated systems for each demonstration. It also captures the evolution to advanced concepts. A summary table presents the systems and demonstrations found in each roadmap.

The roadmap is the heart of each section. The left hand side of the roadmap lists systems and system upgrades; the demonstrations and tie-ins are shown in the body of the map, and the evolution to advanced concepts is on the right side. (See the C4 Modernization roadmap, Figure III-E-1, for example.)

Following this, a description of technology demonstrations is provided. This includes a discussion of the technologies being demonstrated in terms of the capability to be provided. Some demonstrations have applications to more than one Modernization Plan Annex. In these cases, the demonstration is described in the primary section and referenced in the other applicable section. Each demonstration description identifies the S/SU/ACs being supported.

Relationship to Other Modernization Plan Annexes---This section presents a matrix displaying systems, system upgrades, or advanced concepts which are supported in, or contribute to, other Army Modernization Plan Annexes.