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Release No: 274-95
May 19, 1995


The Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Advanced Technology has selected twelve Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations (ACTDs) for initiation in Fiscal Year 1996. Final approval for actual initiation will be contingent upon completion of detailed planning and availability of funding for both the Service and Agency technology programs, which will be leveraged, and ACTD integrating funds in the 1996 budget.

The ACTD program was introduced in 1994 as a means of timely, cost effective introduction of new capabilities. Fundamental to the ACTD process is rapid integration of maturing technologies to address critical military needs. The initiative is driven in all phases by strong operational user involvement. The goal of each ACTD is to address a critical military need, allow the user to demonstrate and evaluate the capabilities and potential of new technologies in actual military exercises and operations and, provide the user the soundest basis possible for investment decision prior to committing to formal acquisition.

The ACTDs selected for initiation in Fiscal Year 1996 have completed a review process which included detailed examination and input from the Joint Warfighting Capability Assessment (JWCA) teams, assessment by the "Breakfast Club" with representatives of both the Science and Technology and the operations side of each Service, and review by the Joint Requirement Oversight Council (JROC). This process was established to ensure that the ACTDs and the technologies included in each will address critical warfighting needs.

The ACTDs selected for initiation in Fiscal Year 1996 include:

- Combat ID - Logistical (Total Asset Visibility) - Low Life Cycle Cost, Medium Lift Helicopter - Semi-Automated Imagery Processing - Battlefield Awareness and Data Dissemination (BADD) - Counter Proliferation - Military Operations in Built Up Areas (MOBA) - Ship Defense Against Imaging Infrared Missiles - Navigation Warfare - Miniature Air Launched Decoy - Land Vehicle Survivability - Biological Defense Net

Attached is a more detailed description of each of the selected ACTDs.

Fiscal Year 1996 Proposed ACTDs

Combat ID - This ACTD includes field evaluation of ground-to-ground and air-to-ground combat identification technologies.

Total Asset Visibility - The ACTD objective is to improve logistics visibility in order to enable rapid redirection of critical material to meet the Joint task Force requirements.

Low Life Cycle Cost, Medium Lift Helicopter - The objective is to provide a demonstration of a commercial, "off the shelf" helicopter suitable for Military Sealift Command fleet lift support.

Semi-Automated Imagery Processing - This ACTD will seek to radically improve the Image Analysts' ability to cope with the volume of data gathered by wide area surveillance systems.

Battlefield Awareness and Data Dissemination (BADD) - The objective of this ACTD is integration of a dynamic information architecture to improve Joint Task Force commander battlefield awareness and data dissemination.

Counter Proliferation - The objective is to provide an improved capability to detect the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

Military Operation in Built Up Areas (MOBA) - This ACTD addresses potential requirements and enhancements in U.S. capabilities to conduct military operations in built up areas.

Ship Defense Against Imaging Infrared Missiles - The ACTD evaluates countermeasures against high speed anti-ship missiles.

Navigation Warfare - This ACTD explores enhancements in the use of navigation systems in military environments.

Miniature Air Launched Decoy - Provides low cost, miniature aircraft decoys that simulated the flight of aircraft.

Land Vehicle Survivability - Demonstrates enhanced survivability of tactical land vehiclesin operational missions.

Biological Defense Net - This ACTD demonstrates unmanned, automated biological detectors to provide near real time biological agent detection warning.

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