Unified Quest 09: Emerging Technologies

Monday November 3, 2008

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


- 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

- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"


The Army Community Relations Calendar

Blogger's Roundtable

Army veteran puts long-drive energy into FMWR youth sports programs

Iraqi, American firefighters combine forces for airfield protection

U.S. troops provide filtered water to flood victims in Honduras



  • November is Warrior Care Month for Army, DOD (ARNews)
  • Military works on care where needed (AJC)
  • Flood of wounded GIs swamps care units (WP)
  • USARCENT celebrates 90 years, command takes on more responsibility (ARNews)
  • Army Parachute Team graduates first wounded warrior and largest female class (ARNews)
  • AKO recognized by DOD as information delivery standard (ARNews)


  • Petraeus visits Pakistan as it fights "for survival" (Reut)
  • Pakistan warns Petraeus against missile strikes (USA)
  • Suicide blast kills eight in Pakistan (BG)
  • In city of tolerance, shadow of the Taliban (NYT)
  • U.S. weighs U.N. extension in Iraq (WT)
  • Police: Bombings kill 9, wound at least 33 in Iraq (WP)
  • A warning, a blast, a fight to save an Afghan life (NYT)


  • Few soldiers in Iraq find time to become excited about election (STL)
  • Audio: Some military votes may not be counted (NPR)
  • Anticipating cuts in military spending, budget planners sharpen their pencils (NYT)
  • Continuing an education: Combat to college (NYT)
  • 'Clear and hold' showing results 40 years later (NPR)
  • Army looking at testing flexible-display devices (ARNews)


  • Iraqi city calls for U.S. raids on Syria (LDT | Story)
  • Questions raised over Syrian complicity in U.S. raid (TO | Story)
  • Deaths in Iraq decline, but pain of losses does not (IHT | Story)
  • Britain faces pressure for troop surge (FT | Story)
  • Election could 'tear Afghanistan apart' (FT | Story)
  • Petraeus begins visit to Pakistan (BBC | Story)
  • Gunmen kidnap French aid worker in Kabul (GRD | Story)


  • Army of One needs support of many (EB)
  • U.S. Army looks to take a proactive approach to human security (DOD)
  • The sorry state of Syria's army (MM)
  • Record number of 'warriors' choose to remain Army Strong (SN)
  • Army historian says war records 'just not kept' (RCPF)


Sports at a glance

Top Army football stories

Warriors get 'a little revenge'

NMCSD hosts paralympic sports camp; promotes health, fellowship

Subscribe to STAND-TO! to learn about the U.S. Army initiatives.


November 2008: American Indian Heriatge Month: American Indians in the U.S. Army

November 2008: Warrior Care Month

Nov. 11, 2008: Veterans Day


"I feel like my mission's not done yet. I'm not done serving my country."

- Staff Sgt. Raymond Long, a Soldier who was injured in Iraq in 2004 and who continues to serve

Tragedy inspires WTU Soldier, wife to serve


STAND-TO! is an information paper-based web platform that supports the U.S. Army’s strategic communication objectives.

The information papers -- written, approved and submitted by the Army agencies -- provide a broad, objective view of the Army’s current operations, doctrine and programs. The "Today’s Focus" topics highlight Army Staff initiatives and support Army wide strategic-level issues.

All published editions are sent to subscribers via email and archived daily in the STAND-TO! Archives.

STAND-TO! falls under the management of the Online and Social Media Division (OSMD) in the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs (OCPA).

Subscribe to STAND-TO! to learn about the U.S. Army initiatives.