Affordable Radar Technology: The Defense Perspective.
OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (ACQUISITION AND TECHNOLOGY) WASHINGTON DC
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Radar technology and systems remain indispensable to modern combat and peace implementation operations. Radar systems will be providing mission planners in Bosnia with products ranging from elevation terrain data to real time indication of moving targets. Our challenge is to provide these products at an affordable cost. I believe there are three keys to developing and fielding affordable radar systems. The first is an effective concept of operations - to accomplish the wide-area surveillance mission, we must look at operational concepts for synergistic exploitation and sequential tasking of distributed collection assets. The second key is a sensible system architecture - we must avoid architectures containing brute force and proprietary approaches to achieve our system performance goals. We will provide commanders with a fused picture of the battlefield when we effectively integrate complementary plug and play sensors in an overarching system-of-systems architecture - one containing a central nervous system. And finally, the third key is to adopt acquisition practices that leverage the broadest possible commercial and international industrial base. The Department is taking action on all three fronts to ensure that U.S. forces in the 21st century have continued access to leading edge radar technologies and systems.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment