The 1997 Science and Technology Requirements Guidance (STRG)
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONSWASHINGTON DC DIRECTOR TEST AND EVALUATION AND TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS
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The Department of the Navy Science and Technology Requirements Guidance - the STRG - is published each year by the Director, Test and Evaluation and Technology Requirements CNO-N09l to provide guidance to the Office of Naval Research for the development of the Navys science and technology investment plan. The Round Tables convened as part of this process are used by N09l as a forum to enhance and encourage communications between OPNAV, the Fleet and the technical community. Round Table I for 1997 was designed to build on the success of the 1996 STRG, with the goal of refining and improving the focus of the document to provide a sound basis for long range science and technology investment planning. Requirements priorities for each of the functional area chapters were established using a groupware voting system. Priorities are grouped into three broad tiers in each chapter. These priorities are guides to the Office of Naval Research ONR for developing the science and technology investment strategy. Final decisions for future funding priorities will be made on the basis of the existing investment strategy, leveraged investments of other services and agencies, and the state of the art in available science and technology capabilities. Overarching concerns of the 1997 Round Table I were the issues of enabling technologies - Human performance Affordability Logistics and Command, Control and Communications - all aimed at extracting maximum advantage from new weapons and platform technologies, reducing the confusion created by the ever-increasing data assimilation pressures placed on operators and enabling reduced manning throughout the fleet. Platform and resource sponsors and the fleet have been developing new concepts of operation within all of the functional areas. The following Functional Area descriptions summarize the contents of the Functional Area Chapters which form the body of the STRG.
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