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Edition: Thu, May 29, 2008
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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"Our Army scientists and engineers have made significant contributions--that are largely unnoticed--because we enhance the capability or insert new technology into someone else's product--the warfighting systems used by today's Soldiers."

- Dr. Thomas H. Killion, Army's chief scientist, testifying before the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Terrorism Unconventional Threats and Capabilities

TODAY'S FOCUS

Army Science and Technology (S&T)

What is it?

The Army's S&T program pursues technologies that will create unmatched and unprecedented capabilities for future land combat forces. The S&T program is dynamic and responsive to the needs of today's Soldiers by exploiting opportunities for near term solutions to satisfy current operational needs. Army S&T has already provided many solutions to a broad range of needs that have been driven by today's irregular warfare environment.

What has the Army done?

To enhance the current force, Army S&T provides limited quantities of advanced-technology prototypes to our Soldiers deployed in the fight. These contributions have included technologies for force protection; medical products; command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and unmanned-systems. From a corporate perspective, the S&T community supports Soldiers in the war on terror in three ways: (1) technologies from past investments, (2) accelerating mature technologies derived from ongoing S&T programs, and (3) leveraging the expertise of our scientists and engineers to develop solutions for unforeseen needs critical to current operations.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

While the focus of our S&T investments is necessarily on the near- and mid-term futures, we have also sustained our commitment to basic research essential to enable the next generation of Soldiers with capabilities to dominate in the full-spectrum of battlespace environments. The Army's FY09 S&T budget requests increased funding for new research initiatives such as human, social, cultural, and behavioral modeling; modeling and analysis of complex, multi-scale networks; psychological wellness; and neuro-ergonomics, to understand how the brain functions in increasingly complex multi-task environments consistent with demands in the asymmetric environments (from civil disasters to combat).

Why is this important to the Army?

Everyone should not be focused on near-term demands or future Soldiers will be "short-changed." We all demand more from technology in our everyday lives, and we certainly owe it to our Soldiers who risk their lives. Army scientists and engineers are working hard every day to anticipate the future needs of our Soldiers. Some of the things they're anticipating now are the need for the ability to acquire situational awareness through micro-autonomous (handheld) systems, enhanced multilingual translation devices to overcome cultural barriers, fully immersive virtual training environments, and exoskeletal strength-enhancing devices. Today's current force has significant technology-enabled advantages as a result of the Army's past S&T investments in night vision, precision munitions, trauma care products and individual Soldier protection.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Bloggers Roundtable

CALENDAR

May- July 4, 2008: Season of Remembrance

May 2008:
- Asian - Pacific Heritage Month

- Mental Health Month:

- Army Behavioral Health

- DOD Military Health System

- Battlemind

Saturday, May 31, 2008: U.S. Military Academy Graduation Ceremony

Medal of Honor Ceremonies:

- Monday, June 2, 2008: White House Ceremony

- Tuesday, June 3, 2008: Pentagon Hall of Hero Ceremony


U.S. Army Birthday Celebrations:

-Saturday, June 7, 2008: The New Orleans Army Birthday Ball

-Saturday, June 14, 2008: The U.S. Army Birthday Ball

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