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


3. IEW Modernization Strategy

The modernization of Army intelligence and electronic warfare systems is discussed in Annex D, IEW, to the Army Modernization Plan (AMP). It develops a strategy for an open systems architecture to allow for continuous modernization of the IEW mission area to provide multimission systems on common carriers for a complementary mix of airborne, ground-based, and cross-FLOT sensors, processors, and jammers. The goal of IEW modernization is to provide the Army with the most capable IEW systems in the world, while developing future systems to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

As noted in the introduction to this section, Intelligence XXI is the intelligence vision that supports Force XXI. Its intent is fundamentally based on the requirement to provide intelligence support to warfighters and Joint and Ground Component Commanders across the continuum of the 21st century military operations, with emphasis on how intelligence will support our Force Projection Army in the Information Age. The basic requirements which the vision supports are: Battle Command, Extended Battlespace Dominance (understanding the information battlefield, C2 Exploit, C2 Attack, and C2 Protect), Force Projection, and Operational Flexibility.

Key to Battle Command and Battlespace Dominance is information presentation to the commander in the form of visual displays. Intel XXI's three primary objectives are to provide to the commander a virtual, near-real time, continuous picture of the battlespace and intelligence support for targeting and Battle Damage Assessment. These objectives drive requirements for sensors, processors, and communications capabilities.

To accommodate the requirements of the future, IEW must use the Army's RDA concept and enabling strategies to guide its efforts. Today's technology is not sufficiently capable of fully satisfying Force XXI intelligence requirements. Efforts are underway to consolidate and accelerate several disparate programs in order to field key capabilities in the following technology areas: Displays, Computer Hardware, Software, Visualization Data Bases, Sensors, Automatic Target Recognition, and Networks.

The capabilities described in this plan are augmented by the National Foreign Intelligence Program: General Defense Intelligence, Consolidated Cryptologic, and Foreign Counterintelligence Programs.