Chapter IV. Technology Development
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


A. Introduction

Chapter IV reflects the Army's investments to implement its post-Cold War science and technology vision and strategy, as described in Chapter I, Strategy and Overview, and in Chapter II, Science & Technology Integration with Army XXI Requirements Determination. This chapter addresses the Army's 6.2 investment strategy, which is presented as 19 areas that are adapted from the subarea architecture of the Defense Technology Area Plan (DTAP). The DTAP taxonomy changed in FY96, consolidating 19 Defense Technology Areas from the prior year into 10, and assigning some of those areas to subarea status. This chapter has retained the 19-area format initially adopted in the FY96 ASTMP. The link between the Defense Technology Areas and the chapter sections is shown in Table IV-A-1.

Table IV-A-1. Defense Technology Areas/Chapter IV Taxonomy

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Linkage of the Technology Objective tables with their related TRADOC Operational Capability Requirements (OCRs) started in the FY96 ASTMP and is continued this year. A listing of current OCRs is provided in Volume II, Annex C, of this plan.

The Army's basic research, applied research, and advanced technology development work emphasizes technology that can be applied to upgrade currently fielded systems. This focus helps maintain an operational edge for the near term while simultaneously developing technologies to ensure future land force dominance in the mid to far term. The thrust of the Army investment is to capitalize on technology opportunities, to reduce technology barriers, and to exploit emerging technology options for essential battlefield capabilities--as defined by our warfighters.

The Army investment in Applied Research enables advanced concepts for land combat, and constitutes the critical technology development link between the Army's basic research thrusts discussed in Chapter V and the Army Modernization Plan Annexes and roadmaps described in Chapter III.