Accession Number : ADA306614

Title :   Prospects For Weapons, Troops, and Battlefields In the Information Age,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AIR INTELLIGENCE CENTER WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Mengxiong, Chang

PDF Url : ADA306614

Report Date : 06 FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : This is a high-level soft scientific research report in predicting future developments in military trends. In the fundamental viewpoint, weapons and troops are currently on the eve of great technical innovation. Weapons and troops in the 21st century are the 'informationized' weapons and troops. Their concrete realization constitutes 12 aspects: informationized ammunition, informationized soldiers, informationized combat platform, defense information system (C3I), informationized weapon system, informationized battlefield, information warfare, information intimidation, combat command system with combination of high centralization and high automation, as well as smooth transition from virtual weapons and virtual battlefields toward real weapons and real battlefield. Intensity is the matrix indicator of troops in the 21st century; troops will be the highest cultural and technical component in the society, as the informationized weapons still require other technical supports. In the last part of the paper, a 28-character methodology is presented by the author in studying weapons and troops of the 21st century: based on major technical progress, new conceptual weapon systems are set forth, new types of combat are initiated,

Descriptors :   *TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, *COMBAT INFORMATION CENTERS, WEAPONS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, AUTOMATION, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, ARMY PERSONNEL, BATTLEFIELDS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, PLATFORMS, AMMUNITION, PATTERNS, TRANSLATIONS, CHINA, MATRIX DISPLAYS.

Subject Categories : Information Science
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Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE