Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT April-June 2011 Contents the Army Capstone Concept (http://
tp525-3-0.pdf) in December 2009,
describing what the Army needs to do.
The Army Operating Concept (http://
tp525-3-1.pdf), released in August
2010, describes Army forces from 2016
to 2028, emphasizing the operational
and tactical levels of war.
"The key to realizing this concept
includes decentralized operations
through mission command and devel-
oping situations through action, not
just passively or trying to sense through
technology," Vane explained. "We must
do that to act faster than the enemy."
One of the biggest challenges is
understanding human activity and
performance, Vane said. Proficiency in
S&T areas among the Nation's youth is
necessary for future development of the
Nation's S&T scientists and engineers.
"According to 2006 data from the U.S.
Department of Education, the math
literacy scores of 15-year-olds in the
United States are lower than aver-
age scores in 23 of 29 Organisation
for Economic Co-operation and
Development [OECD] countries,"
Vane said. Science literacy is lower than
the average scores in 16 of 29 OECD
countries. "With a decline in student
scores in math and science, does that
give us a weak signal we should be
tracking? Is that a leading or lagging
indicator or metric ... and how that
might be directed at S&T?"
Vane also said that while the United
States is making progress in S&T
developments, "we are not necessar-
ily keeping pace with the leaders in the
international community." Between
1989 and 2001, patent applications in
the United States grew by 116 per-
cent, but in East Asia (including China,
India, Singapore, South Korea, and
Taiwan), they grew by 750 percent,
he said. The U.S. high-tech sector also
doubled during that time, growing
from $423 billion to $940 billion, but
that of China grew more than eight
times, from $30 billion to $257 billion,
according to a February 2005 report
from the Task Force on the Future
of American Innovation, titled "The
Knowledge Economy: Is the United
States Losing Its Competitive Edge?"
(available at http://www.futureof
Global trends for S&T include increas-
ingly mobile networks, declining
education levels, secure energy sources,
and continuous information flow, 24/7.
To adapt to these trends, Army S&T
must produce integrated products, not
stovepipe solutions, by focusing on the
five warfighter outcomes, Vane said:
• Mission command
• Countering improvised
• Power and energy
• The human dimension
Vane stressed the importance of making
a critical shift in the S&T development
process to keep technology relevant and
get it into Soldiers' hands when they need
it. "S&T is an integral part of everything
we do, all the programs we're working
on," he said. "It is critical for increasing
knowledge, and we must have the right
S&T investments to link to program out-
comes better than we have in the past."
Presentations from the Army Science
Conference are available at http://
Audio speeches are available at
JACLYN PITTS provided contract
support to the U.S. Army Acquisition
Support Center through BRTRC
Strategy and Communications Group.
She holds a B.S. in journalism from
West Virginia University and a B.S. in
criminal justice from Kaplan University.
KELLYN D. RITTER provides
contract support to the U.S. Army
Acquisition Support Center through
BRTRC Strategy and Communications
Group. She holds a B.A. in English
from Dickinson College.
S&T is an integral part of everything we do, all the
programs we re working on. It is critical for increasing
knowledge, and we must have the right S&T investments
to link to program outcomes better than we have in the past.
--- LTG Michael A. Vane,
Deputy Commanding General, Futures, and Director, Army Capabilities
Integration Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
6 APRIL--JUNE 2011
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