Science and Technology

What is it? The goal of the Army Science and Technology (S&T) program is to achieve transformational capabilities that will enable the future force while pursuing opportunities to enhance current force capabilities. The Soldier remains the centerpiece of all Army S&T investments. The S&T community has demonstrated its Soldier focus in responding to demands of current operations in Afghanistan and Iraq by providing selected technologies for immediate limited fielding such as those to counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). Future Combat Systems (FCS) technologies, now in the Systems Development and Demonstration phase, remain the single largest S&T investment in the 2006 Budget.

What has the Army done? S&T Contributions to the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) are enhancing the current force. Army S&T is always seeking opportunities to provide advanced technology to our Soldiers deployed to fight the GWOT:

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? S&T contributes to Army Transformation by enabling the future force.

Beyond those technologies already contributing to the current force, we continue to make significant progress in maturing the sensor and kill mechanism technologies to enable active protection systems (APS). APS will significantly increase the survivability of lightweight platforms. We are funding both close-in and standoff protection systems to defeat chemical energy and kinetic energy munitions. In this past year, we have successfully demonstrated the ability to defeat rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) fired from very close ranges. The technologies successfully defeated RPG threats in two different scenarios: defeating a single RPG fired against a moving vehicle and defeating two RPGs fired nearly simultaneously at a stationary vehicle. We are sustaining investments in these technologies as well as advanced lightweight armors to provide an integrated survivability suite for FCS and other lighter weight combat systems, approaching protection levels available today only with heavy armor. We continue to pursue multiple technology solutions to identify and defeat IEDs from standoff ranges. Our work is synchronized across the Department of Defense through close coordination with the Joint IED Task Force.

Why is this important to the Army? Today's investments in the Army's S&T program are our hedge against the uncertain future. These investments seek technical solutions that can be demonstrated in the near term, explore the feasibility of new concepts in the mid term, and pursue the imaginable for an uncertain far term. The dynamic and responsive S&T portfolio is focused to enable specific new capabilities in the future force while remaining agile to satisfy operational needs of the current force. Capabilities from Army S&T are key to winning the race for speed and precision that ultimately provides our Soldiers with unmatched warfighting capability.