Accession Number : ADA586199


Title :   Some Recent Sensor-Related Army Critical Technology Events


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV FORT MCNAIR DC CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY AND NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY


Personal Author(s) : Ratches, James A ; Chait, Richard ; Lyons, John W


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a586199.pdf


Report Date : Feb 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 39


Abstract : Project Hindsight was a 1969 U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) report that was an in-depth study sponsored by the Director of Defense Research & Engineering (DDR&E) and provided insights into the development of approximately 20 weapons systems across the defense spectrum. Hindsight was used as a model for a series of papers, including this one, in the analysis of research projects in DOD. Since the publication of Hindsight, DOD has continued to pursue research and development (R&D) and develop weapon systems to address new military threats to the United States. The Army Science & Technology (S&T) Executive sponsored a series of three reports that provided a retrospective look at the development of four major Army weapons platforms since Hindsight: the Abrams tank, the Apache helicopter, and the Stinger and Javelin missiles. These three Defense & Technology Papers were focused on the Critical Technology Events (CTEs) that occurred in U.S. Army, industry, and academic laboratories that enabled these weapons platforms to have the necessary capability to accomplish their assigned missions. CTEs are ideas, concepts, models, and analyses, including key technical and managerial decisions, which have had a major impact on the development of a specific weapons system. CTEs can occur at any point in the system s life cycle, from basic research, to advanced development, to testing and evaluation, and to product improvements. CTEs can even relate to concepts that were developed but ultimately not incorporated into the weapons system. Also, CTEs can originate anywhere, from in-house laboratories, to private industry, and to academia. CTEs are not exactly the same as the Hindsight s Research and Exploratory Development (RXD) Events.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY , *RESEARCH MANAGEMENT , *WEAPON SYSTEMS , ARMY , ARMY EQUIPMENT , DATA BASES , DECISION MAKING , DEFENSE SYSTEMS , DETECTORS , ENGINEERING , GUIDED MISSILES , HELICOPTERS , IMPACT , LABORATORIES , LIFE CYCLES , MILITARY CAPABILITIES , MODELS , PLATFORMS , SIMULATION , THREATS , UNITED STATES , WEAPONS


Subject Categories : Defense Systems
      Guided Missiles


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