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):

Report Date:

2015-07-10

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

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 costeffectiveness calculation back in the favor of the United States.

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE