News 1998 Army Science and Technology Master Plan

C. Structure

This chapter presents the transition of technology into S/SU/ACs in 14 sections corresponding to the Annexes of the FY97 AMP. Because the AMP is uniquely configured, there is not a one–to–one correlation between the Chapter III ASTMP sections and the AMP annexes. The ASTMP sections are as follows:

Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4)
Intelligence and Electronic Warfare (IEW)
Mounted Forces
Close Combat Light
Combat Health Support (CHS)
Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC)
Air and Missile Defense
Engineer and Mine Warfare (EMW)
Fire Support

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 roadmaps. Each section is built around the framework displayed in Figure III–1 and contains the following information:

Figure III-1. Framework for Technology Transition Sections
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Introduction—A quick synopsis that presents the theme and S&T efforts to be discussed in the section.

Relationship to Operational Capabilities—This section includes a table that ties S/SU/ACs to the applicable Army modernization objectives and presents the specific new system capabilities required for each area.

Modernization Strategy—A brief synopsis of the applicable modernization strategy.

Roadmap—This is a graphical milestone representation of all the technology transition demonstrations that are covered in the section. It shows approximate timeframes 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 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–3, 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 that are supported in, or contribute to, other AMP annexes.

This chapter represents the implementation of the Army’s S&T planning process necessary to support the warfighting concepts discussed in Chapter II. It addresses the application of technologies, including emerging technologies, that are discussed in more detail in Chapter NO TAG. Volume II, Annex NO TAG, provides the STOs relative to the ATDs and significant technology demonstrations. Descriptive information on the ATDs are in Volume II, Annex NO TAG.

In summary, this chapter describes how the Army’s S&T program comes together to transfer technology into systems that provide Army operational capabilities.

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