News 1998 Army Science and Technology Master Plan



D. Horizontal Integration of R&D Initiatives

There are advanced technologies that provide significant value added when applied to logistics’ functions. The Army’s largeset career field, Logistics, Quartermaster, Transportation, Medical, and Ordnance, are dependent upon other functional areas for the funding of R&D initiatives that have application to logistics. Horizontal integration of these research initiatives and their resulting advanced technologies are essential to the modernization of logistics to fulfill the operational requirements of Army XXI and the AAN.

Logistics’ Initiatives and their link to the DoD and Army visions are shown in Table G–1. This table also summarizes the operational capabilities/benefits for each of the initiatives. If we are to reduce demands upon the logistics system, an integrated effort is needed.

Table G–1.  Technology Initiatives Supporting the Future Vision of Army Logistics

Initiative

Vision Supported

Benefit of Initiative

  Joint Vision 2010 Army Vision 2010 RML Army After Next DoD Strategic Research Objectives  

Project the Force

Precision Offset Aerial Delivery

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Provides reliable precision–guided delivery of combat essential munitions and equipment
Rapid Deployment Food Services

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    Provides a 50% increase in MTBF with a 50% decrease in fuel usage
Advanced Cargo Airdrop

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Provides a 20% reduction in cost

Sustain the Force

Joint Logistics

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    Provides rapid integration log data to meet Army and joint mission requirements
Mobility Enhancement Ration Components

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    Provides shelf stable, no–preparation rations compatible with existing ration systems
Electrical Power Generation

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Provides light, highly mobile power sources capable of operating on multiple fuels
Munitions Survivability

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    Ensures the survivability of munitions at ports, airheads, and munitions storage areas
Reforming Diesel Fuel

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Reduces field feeding costs
Improved Multipurpose Fluids

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Reduce component failures by 25%
Emerging Petroleum Quality

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Decrease manpower by 75% for petroleum laboratories

Other Initiatives

Battlespace Command and Control

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Provides EEI required for velocity management and battlefield distribution
Perform Enhancing Demonstrations

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    Enables personnel to perform at high levels of performance for extended time
Helicopter Active Control Technology    

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    Enables advanced fault–tolerant systems to maintain reliability and simplify maintenance
Digital Battlefield Communications

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Provides bandwidth on demand to support multimedia information requirements
Battlefield Combat Identification

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Provides situational awareness to prevent fratricide—aids resupply and maintenance
Integrated High Performance Turbine Engine

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25% reduction in fuel consumption and 60 percent increase in power–to–weight ratio
Future Scout and Cavalry System    

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    Provides advanced lightweight materials and electric drive
Ground Propulsion and Mobility

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    Provides critical engine, electronic drive, track and suspension, and storage devices
Advanced Electronics Future Combat System

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Advanced concepts to resupply power and distribution systems to be developed
Future Combat System Mobility

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    Provides an electric drive and power conditioning system; an active suspension system
Universal Transaction Communications

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Information to flow—wherever it exists, in any form, to wherever it is needed in any form
Third–Generation Advanced Rotor Demonstration

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Increases range 36% or payload 98%, reliability 45% and reduce O&S costs 10%
Advanced Rotorcraft Transmission II  

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Provides 25% weight reduction, increases MTBR, significantly reduces O&S costs
Rotor Wing Structures Technology  

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    Increases reliability 20%, maintainability 10%, reduces O&S 5% (utility rotorcraft)
Advanced Rotorcraft Aerodynamics  

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Reduces MTBF, increases reliability and maintainability, and reduces O&S costs
Subsystem Technology Affordability and Support  

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Overcomes technical barriers associated with advanced digitized maintenance and real–time OBIDs
Intravehicle Electronics Suite

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Validates real–time performance requirements Vetronics open systems architecture
Military Operations in Urban Terrain

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    "Open system" architecture facilitates large reduction in future ILS life–cycle costs
Joint Speakeasy

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Flexible radio architecture, rapid waveform reprogrammability/reconfigurability
Range Extension

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Technology supplement current (and programmed) SATCOM resources, all frequency bands
Machine Vis–Autonomous UGV

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Provides capability to ensure resupply continues at the required level and timeliness
SATCOM Technology

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Provides higher data rates, improvements in throughput, and reduced life–cycle costs
Rapid Terrain Visualization

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Provides battlefield situational awareness required to plan and execute log missions

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