Science and Technology
What is it? The Army's Science and Technology (S&T) program is the investment that we, the Army, make in our future Soldiers. This program has to be as adaptable and responsive as our Soldiers in the field. The Army's S&T strategy is to pursue technologies that will enable the future force while simultaneously seizing opportunities to enhance the current force. To achieve this strategy, we are developing technology through investments in the three components of S&T:
- For the near-term, demonstrating mature technology in relevant operational environments and facilitating technology transition to acquisition programs,
- In the mid-term, translating research into militarily useful technology applications, and,
- In the far-term, research to create new understanding for technologies that offer paradigm-shifting capabilities.
Our technology demonstrations prove the concept, define the combat developments process, and provide the acquisition community with evidence of technology's readiness to satisfy system requirements.
What has the Army done? To enhance the current force, Army S&T is providing limited quantities of advanced technology prototypes to our Soldiers deployed to the fight. Operational security precludes the listing of S&T technology contributions to Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). From a top-level perspective, the S&T community supports the GWOT in three ways. First, Soldiers are benefiting today from technologies that emerged from past investments. Second, we are exploiting transition opportunities by accelerating mature technologies from on going S&T efforts. Third, we are leveraging the expertise of our scientists and engineers to develop solutions to unforeseen problems encountered during current operations.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army's largest S&T investments are in force protection technologies to detect and neutralize improvised explosive devices, mines, rockets, artillery and mortars; to protect vehicles and Soldiers, and to provide area/facilities protection. The Army's other technology investments include command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), lethality, Soldier system, unmanned systems, logistics, and advanced simulation.
- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement. To continue reading this topic in its entirety, click here.
- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide.