Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT January-March 2018 Contents not e ective, and a closed-loop, extracorporeal (that is, outside
the body) life support system to provide lung and kidney func-
tion to patients who need it.
When medical evacuation is not feasible, the Army will use
autonomous ground or air platforms, in conjunction with auton-
omous life support equipment, to move casualties to surgical
care facilities. ese platforms also will be useful for resup-
plying medical personnel during sustained operations. Army
S&T investments in autonomous systems and advanced medi-
cal devices will provide tomorrow's force the dramatic increase
in survival rates that the Army's rst aeromedical evacuation
brought to wounded Soldiers in Korea.
NEW NEEDS FOR TRAINING
Increasingly complex equipment, the rise in speed of con ict
and increasing demands for diverse skills, such as cyber and
languages, are driving Army S&T to research state-of-the-art
methodologies and tools to support learning and training. ese
tools must outpace the learning demands arising from complex
environments and provide Soldiers the expertise and con dence
to synthesize information, rapidly make decisions and act upon
those decisions to outmaneuver adversaries.
New training technologies and environments will allow Soldiers
to train and rehearse war ghting skills such as faster decision-
making to gain the advantage of speed over adversaries, with
integrated capabilities such as intelligent agents that chal-
lenge the Soldier to improve individual and team performance
and develop agile, adaptive leaders. As Army training mis-
sions increase, S&T has the challenge of replicating su cient
knowledge and time for every small unit on dispersed and var-
ied battle elds. Investments in training tools such as simulations
and synthetic training environments will increase retention,
enhance situational awareness for cognitive overmatch, and
improve Soldier and team performance while reducing training
time and cost.
e future vision of land warfare is being shaped by today's S&T
investments across many mature and emerging disciplines. e
capabilities described in this article will start to bear fruit in
three to 10 years in rapidly advancing information technology
and physical and cognitive augmentation technologies, with
solutions expected in 10 years or beyond in such areas as bioma-
terials and arti cial intelligence.
e Soldier lethality S&T portfolio is shaped by a diverse com-
munity of scientists, innovators, end users, technology and global
forecasters, and intelligence experts who identify and de ne the
challenges and threats of the future. It employs an iterative ana-
lytical process to continually re ne its investments and priorities
so that future Soldiers maintain the lethality advantage on the
future battle elds that are being conceived today.
For more information on Soldier lethality investments, go to https://
MS. KAREN M. BURKE is a program analyst from the U.S. Army
Research, Development and Engineering Command, currently
assigned to the O ce of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army
for Research and Technology (DASA(R&T)) as acting director of
the Soldier lethality portfolio. She has over 20 years' experience
across Army S&T and program management, with expertise in HSI
and joint program management. She holds an M.S. in engineering
management from Western New England University and the
Naval Postgraduate School and a B.A. in research psychology
from Framingham State University. She is a member of the
Army Acquisition Corps and a 2014 graduate of the U.S. Army
Acquisition Support Center Competitive Development Group/
Army Acquisition Fellowship Program. She is Level III certi ed in
program management and systems engineering.
LT. COL. ERIC J. WAGAR is director of the DASA(R&T) O ce
of the Deputy for Medical Systems and the medical portfolio director.
He holds a Ph.D. in immunology and virology from the University
of Massachusetts Medical School and a B.S. in general biology from
the University of California, San Diego.
By 2025, the Army sees ground troops conducting foot patrols in urban
terrain with robots---called Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport
vehicles---that carry rucksacks and other equipment. Unmanned
aircraft could serve as spotters, according to the Army's new strategy
for robotic and autonomous systems. They could also deliver cargo,
reducing reliance on rotary-wing support and facilitating sustainment.
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