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Unified Quest 09: Emerging Technologies
What is it?
As the Army chief of staff's mechanism to explore today's enduring operational problems and the conduct of full-spectrum operations in alternative future operating environments, Unified Quest (UQ) is a series of interrelated seminars, workshops, and a Capstone Game. As the inaugural event in this year's campaign of learning, the recent seminar on Emerging Technologies was designed to bring the future concepts and technology communities of practice together in order to inform the upcoming revision of the Army's Capstone Concept, TRADOC Pamphlet 525-3-0, The Army in Joint Operations.
What has the Army done?
Representatives from the science, technology and concepts communities gathered Oct. 6-9, 2008 to determine the implications of emerging technologies and innovative applications of existing technologies on future concepts, capabilities and operations from 2018 to 2025. Participants were placed on panels centered on the Warfighter Outcome areas of power and energy, battle command network and the human dimension. Using the two key ideas from the Army's Capstone Concept of "commander centric command" and "operational maneuver," panels focused on how science and technology developments will enable concepts, and what potential disruptive technologies would impede the Army's ability to operate in the future. Panel outbriefs were received by Lt. Gen. Michael A. Vane, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), and Dr. Thomas Killion, the Army's chief scientist.
Why is this important to the Army?
The challenges of today and the complexity of future operational environments require an integrated approach to future force development across the domains of doctrine, organizations, training and leader development, materiel and Soldiers. Both the science and technology community and ARCIC need to better understand how the Army measures future force readiness based on assessments of the future environment, the progress of science and technology development and investment in key areas, and how these two elements come together to create the balanced force required to meet future requirements.
What's planned for the future?
Results from the Emerging Technologies seminar will be used throughout the UQ09 campaign of learning by shaping the study's future operational environment and to inform the ongoing revision of the Army Capstone Concept. The next event in the UQ09 campaign of learning will be the Unity of Effort seminar, Nov. 4-7, 2008.
Unified Quest Web site
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- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- Army Public Affairs Portal
- Stories of Valor
- Speaker's Toolkit
- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"
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