Assessing Military Benefits of S&T Investments in Micro Autonomous Systems Utilizing a Gedanken Experiment
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY AND NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY
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In a Defense and Technology Paper DTP entitled A Methodology for Assessing the Military Benefits of Science and Technology Investments, the National Defense University NDU Center for Technology and National Security Policy CTNSP presented a variety of approaches for deriving the return on investment--in terms of warfighting capabilities---for Army science and technology ST efforts. As a follow-up to the methodology study that generated the DTP, the CTNSP wished to demonstrate parts of the methodology in the evaluation of an actual Army ST effort. The Army Research Laboratorys ARLs Micro-Autonomous Systems and Technology MAST Collaborative Technology Alliance CTA2 program was chosen to demonstrate the utility of the methodology because it offers significant future capabilities for our Army, provides a set of very robust present-day technical challenges, and offers a significant assessment challenge since it is focused on basic research.
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