Accession Number : ADA623871


Title :   Tactical Utility of Tailored Systems


Descriptive Note : Conference paper


Corporate Author : ARMY TANK AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER WARREN MI


Personal Author(s) : Smith, Robert E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a623871.pdf


Report Date : 10 Jul 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 18


Abstract : The Army is traditionally shaped to confront what is expected, but winning in a complex world requires fighting an unknown enemy. Future enemies will have access to off-the-shelf technologies that previously only large nation-states could afford. Meanwhile, large nation-states are able to duplicate or steal US high-technology investments at a fraction of the research cost. Even if the technology knock-offs are substandard, they still negate the US return on investment (ROI) of the raw technology development cost. No longer can the US spend billions to develop the next stealth technology and expect a twenty-year payoff. Acquisition programs in all services already struggle to meet prescribed timelines and remain within budget. This paper hopes to explore the idea of combining virtual environments and rapid manufacturing to create tailored materiel specific to region or even battle. This powerful process innovation aims to tilt the cost/effectiveness calculation back in the favor of the United States.


Descriptors :   *ARMY EQUIPMENT , ARMY PROCUREMENT , COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION , COST EFFECTIVENESS , MILITARY VEHICLES , VIRTUAL REALITY


Subject Categories : Cybernetics
      Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE