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Release No: 442-96
July 25, 1996


Citing ACTDs as one of the principal enabling mechanisms for fostering innovation within the Department of Defense, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology Paul G. Kaminski today announced 18 new candidate programs to evaluate mature technology to meet warfighter needs. The President's FY97 budget requests a total of $98.6 million for on-going and new FY97 ACTD programs. This amount leverages nearly $1 billion in underlying DoD military service and Defense Agency science and technology investments.

More than 100 proposals were submitted by the military services, theater commanders and Joint Staff. Review of the proposed ACTDs was conducted by the military services and unified commanders with the final recommendation from the Joint Requirements Oversight Council. JROC also recommended prospective user sponsors and lead services for the programs.

Information management technologies, system building blocks to counter weapons of mass destruction, and technologies that will enhance small unit capabilities and operations are emphasized in the FY97 new start list.

Dr. Kaminski noted that, The ACTD program is at the foundation of our promise to U.S. military personnel and taxpayers to field equipment that provides a superior military capability at an affordable cost. It emphasizes the ability to reduce operational risk early in the acquisition process, to compress acquisition cycle time, and to stimulate innovation are some of the key prerequisites for bringing about a Revolution in Military Affairs.' ACTDs allow technologists and operational users to work together as a team to assess the usefulness of the mature technologies. These demonstrations also provide experienced military commanders with an opportunity to develop the operational concepts that address current and future military needs prior to major acquisition decisions and large dollar commitments.

ACTDs also allow the services to quickly adapt and deploy mature technologies for the growing number and variety of military missions, according to Dr. Kaminski. The U.S. is confronting a much wider range of military missions and potential threats than even ten years ago. It is to our advantage to confront threats with superior equipment, especially if the technology already exists and can be quickly integrated into the field. ACTDs offer direct and immediate solutions to urgent theater needs.

The two-year-old ACTD initiative emphasizes user assessment of technology prior to formal systems acquisition. Ten ACTDs were initiated in FY95 and 12 were initiated in FY96. The Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), now providing surveillance support to the NATO Implementation Force in Bosnia, was identified by Dr. Kaminski as one of the original FY95 ACTDs and an example of the value of the DoD ACTD initiative.

Summaries of the FY97 candidate ACTDs are attached. They are:
Chemical Add-on to Biological Detection;
Counter Camouflage, Concealment, and Deception;
Counterproliferation II;
Cruise Missile Defense Phase II;
GEODSS Upgrade Prototype System;
Helo Advanced Health and Usage Monitoring;
Information Warfare Planning Tool;
Integrated Collection Management;
Military Operations in Urban Terrain;
Multimission Advanced Ground Intelligent Control;
Precision Targeting Identification;
Rapid Battlefield Visualization;
Sea Dragon;
Secure Personal Communication (cellular telephone) Systems;
Survivable Armed Reconnaissance on the Digital Battlefield;
Tactical Fiber Extension to the Global Grid;
Unattended Ground Sensors;
Wide Area Tracking System.

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