Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT April-June 2011 Contents In the acquisition process, S&T comes
before Milestone A, leading many
involved in the acquisition process
to think, "We don't count toward
acquisition" said Freeman. "We support
this whole acquisition process, but
we're not perceived as supporting it.
We are an integral part of the
acquisition process. ... It's not about
the color of the money. It's about the
contribution and result," she said.
New metrics may help the S&T
community prove its value. Measuring
aptitude in the technical capabilities
S&T provides to warfighters, the data
and information S&T provides to
decision makers, and the quality of the
research, development, and engineering
conducted in S&T laboratories and
centers will show that S&T is a
vital part of the acquisition process
supporting Soldiers, said Freeman.
This will be imperative during budget
discussions, Freeman said.
Faster and Affordable
On the topic of ensuring that the
acquisition process keeps pace with
current technology, Vice Chief of Staff
of the Army GEN Peter W. Chiarelli
cited the development of the new
ground combat vehicle as an example
of acquisition innovation. "The ground
combat vehicle represents one of the
most important combat and acquisition
decisions we'll make over the next seven
years," he said. "We are building a
vehicle that will be capable of operating
in all environments, across the full
spectrum. ... How we're trying to build
it will also make it revolutionary."
Chiarelli said that the Army is aiming
to accelerate the timeline of the ground
combat vehicle from the traditional 10-
to 12-year cycle to 5-7 years, recognizing
that the key to doing so is designing a
platform that is versatile, able to accom-
modate a wide range of configuration
and capability changes and incremental
improvements over time.
Cost and schedule constraints should
be established early for all programs,
said Vane. There are advantages, he
said, to "buying fewer, more often"---
purchasing for a deploying unit and
targeting the next increment for the
next deployments two to three years
later. This approach allows for tech-
nology improvements and changes in
threat and political leadership along the
way, Vane said. "If we were to account
for that, perhaps we could get ahead of
where we're at in developing systems."
DOD's Efficiency Initiatives, which
require that the Army save 2-3 percent
by "doing more without more," are
another way DOD will save money.
The savings will then be used for
capability, O'Neill said.
The Global Picture
Key S&T concerns include cyber
warfare, biotechnology, bionics, and
nanotechnology. Cyber crime is a
threat not only to the U.S. economy,
but also to the Nation as a whole.
"Biotechnology, bionics, and phar-
macology create massive potential
for convergence and bio-interfacing
between humans, enhanced comput-
ers, and cognitive power," said Vane.
"Nanotechnology offers revolution-
ary capabilities in materiel, medicine,
manufacturing, and food production.
Technology can make flawed, injured
brains work better.
"Humans are our most adaptive sys-
tems," Vane said. "They adjust, they
gain advantages, and they want to sur-
vive. ... How can we help to get that
human to have the overmatch advantage
needed on the battlefield of tomorrow
in this era of persistent conflict?"
S&T development is vital to addressing
these challenges, "not only to make that
human more efficient and effective, but
also across the board to maintain the
overmatch if our country wants to retain
the position it has within the world in
areas of diplomatic, informational, mil-
itary, and economic power," he said.
Vane emphasized the importance of
knowing not only what our enemies are
developing in S&T, but also what our
allies are developing.
Based on global trends and operational
lessons learned, TRADOC produced
The ground combat vehicle represents one of
the most important combat and acquisition decisions
we ll make over the next seven years. How we re trying
to build it will also make it revolutionary.
--- GEN Peter W. Chiarelli,
Vice Chief of Staff of the Army
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