Accession Number : ADA302504

Title :   Battlefield Automation: Army's Digital Battlefield Plan Lacks Specific Measurable Goals.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA302504

Report Date : NOV 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : One of the Army's top priorities is a program to digitize the battlefield by creating a vast network of computers, sensors, and communications systems that would provide a common picture of the battlefield from soldier to commander simultaneously. Because of the importance and estimated $4 billion cost of this program, we reviewed the "Army Digitization Master Plan" to evaluate the Army's efforts to digitize the battlefield, including the Marine Corps' participation. We conducted this review under our basic legislative responsibilities and are addressing this report to you because we believe it will be of interest to your committees. The Army's plan to digitize the battlefield is expensive, contains many risks, and lacks specific, measurable goals for the series of large-scale experiments that are to be conducted. The Army is planning to conduct a series of experiments from 1995 to 1997, including a brigade-level experiment in 1997 at a cost of $258 million,1 without having had a successful battalion-level experiment. In fact, a battalion-level experiment in 1994 failed to meet Army expectations. Specific, measurable goals are needed to evaluate the achievements of each experiment, and they should be met before proceeding to the next experiment. Otherwise, the Army is unnecessarily risking additional investments amounting to $397 million for digital systems needed to conduct increasingly larger scale experiments to fiscal year 1999. Based on Army estimates, the investment required to digitize a 10 division Army could be as high as $4 billion. Also, because Congress has directed the Army to include the Marine Corps in its plan, the Department of Defense (DoD) funding for the Marine Corps needs to be identified and assured to solidify its participation and success. (KAR) p. 2

Descriptors :   *BATTLEFIELDS, *ARMY PLANNING, *DIGITAL SIMULATION, DIGITAL SYSTEMS, CONGRESS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MARINE CORPS, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, AUTOMATION, DETECTORS, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, COMPUTERS, INTEROPERABILITY, ESTIMATES, COSTS, SCALE, COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, COMPUTER NETWORKS, ARMY, ANALOG TO DIGITAL CONVERTERS.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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