Accession Number : ADA323156

Title :   Defense Technology Objectives of the Joint Warfighting Science and Technology Plan and the Defense Technology Area Plan.

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : ADA323156

Report Date : JAN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 379

Abstract : Technological superiority has been, and continues to be, a cornerstone of our national military strategy. Technologies such as radar, jet engines, nuclear weapons, night vision, smart weapons, stealth, the Global Positioning System, and vastly more capable information management systems have changed warfare dramatically. Today's technological edge allows us to prevail across the broad spectrum of conflict decisively and with relatively low casualties. Maintaining this technological edge has become even more important as the size of U.S. forces decreases and high-technology weapons are now readily available on the world market. In this new environment, it is imperative that U.S. forces possess technological superiority to achieve and maintain the dominance displayed in Operation Desert Storm. The technological advantage we enjoy today is a legacy of decades of investment in science and technology (S&T). Likewise, our future warfighting capabilities will be substantially determined by today's investment in S&T. In peace, technological superiority is a key element of deterrence. In crisis, it provides a wide spectrum of options to the National Command Authorities and commanders in chief, while providing confidence to our allies. In war, it enhances combat effectiveness, reduces casualties, and minimizes equipment loss. In view of declining defense budgets and manpower reductions, advancing military technology and ensuring that it undergoes rapid transition to the warfighter are national security obligations of ever greater importance.

Descriptors :   *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, *CHEMICAL WARFARE, *MILITARY PLANNING, *THEATER MISSILE DEFENSE, COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, ELECTRONIC WARFARE, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, MILITARY STRATEGY, NATIONAL SECURITY, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, COMBAT READINESS, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, MILITARY RESEARCH, BIOLOGICAL WARFARE, RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS.

Subject Categories : Antimissile Defense Systems
      Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

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