Accession Number : ADA309599

Title :   New World Vistas: Air and Space Power for the 21st Century. Sensors Volume.

Corporate Author : SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD (AIR FORCE) WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : ADA309599

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 219

Abstract : Sensors are essential elements of virtually every Air Force weapon and support system. The hardware and software associated with sensing functions are generally major, and sometimes predominant, contributors to the performance, reliability, supportability, and cost of such systems. Many of the technologies associated with sensors are in a state of rapid evolution and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Moreover, many sensing functions and devices that are important to the Air Force have counterparts in commercial, industrial and medical applications. This combination of ubiquity, operational impact, technology leverage, and dual use potential makes the subject of sensors especially important to the themes of New World Vistas. Sensors have played an important military role in the past and will play an increasingly important role in the future as air power is called upon to respond to a wide range of conflicts and to apply force with exquisite precision, no collateral damage, and nearly instantaneous response. Sensors provide data and information that lead to increased knowledge about our own and the enemy's forces, circumstances in the battlespace, and, ideally, the enemy's plans and intentions. Knowing more and knowing it sooner than the enemy provides an advantage and motivates the goal of acquiring 'near perfect' knowledge of the battlefield as well as overall global situation awareness at any time and under any weather condition. The growing emphasis on smarter and smarter weapons, the difficulty of detecting and identifying concealed targets, the growing concern about proliferation of inexpensive cruise missiles and weapons of mass destruction, the need for precise target information and the detailed information needed for counter-terrorism activities are all additional examples that motivate the desire for larger numbers of better and more affordable

Descriptors :   *MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, *DETECTORS, *MILITARY APPLICATIONS, *DATA ACQUISITION, *AIR POWER, *AIR FORCE PLANNING, *TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, GLOBAL, INDUSTRIES, WEATHER, SPACE SYSTEMS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, TARGETS, COSTS, RELIABILITY, CRUISE MISSILES, PRECISION, MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS, COUNTERTERRORISM, AWARENESS, SMART WEAPONS, CONCEALMENT.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Defense Systems
      Miscellaneous Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE