Army Research, Development and Acquisition. January/February 1999. The Year 2000 Challenge... What Lies Ahead?
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC
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In the 20th century, scientific discovery and technological innovation have advanced Americas military capabilities to the point where we are now the worlds mightiest nation. We have before us an unprecedented opportunity to modernize our forces for the 21st century without worrying about a strategic rival that could threaten our existence. Our concerns look to the future. Who will be our future adversaries What technologies will they employ How do we maintain our technological edge in the 21st century Technological superiority is an important component of military advantage. Military advantage goes to the nation best able to capture commercial technologies and incorporate them into weapon systems with new or improved operational capabilities. In large measure, the future readiness and effectiveness of Americas Army will be determined by our investments in a relevant technology base. How do we determine whether the Army is investing in the right technologies to ensure military advantage in the 21st century, particularly for the Army After Next AAN in the year 2025 and beyond And, how do we work with our industry partners to leverage their technological advances for military use These are not easy questions, but they must be answered. The real challenge is to identify which technologies the Army must develop and which we can expect to buy from the commercial marketplace.
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