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WASHINGTON — A new Defense Department-funded study is aimed at developing a microchip the size of a grain of rice that would be implanted in soldiers wounded on the battlefield, but the idea raises privacy concerns for at least one major veterans group.
Originally posted by harddrive21
The rice grain sized chip would not be able to read O2 sats, BP, Pulse or any other vital signs.
In February 1996, the Chief of Staff of the Army gave the Commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) a broad charter to explore the nature of warfare thirty years into the future and to help develop a long-term vision of the Army. The mission of the AAN project was to conduct broad studies of war to about the year 2025, frame issues vital to the development of the U.S. Army after about 2010, and provide issues to senior Army leadership in a format suitable for integration into TRADOC combat development programs. This long-term vision was designed to connect to the Army's research and development programs. The Strike Force initiative embodied AAN concepts and was to provide a bridge from current Army forces, using today's technologies, to future Army forces, exploiting technological breakthroughs. The Strike Force concept was deleted from consideration while this report was being prepared. The concepts announced in the Transformation Plan are based in part on the results of AAN studies.
This paper conducts a survey of future guidance, evolving concepts, and promising technologies and provides recommendations concerning a few of these technologies for the Army After Next 2020 time frame. Major survey documents include: Quadrennial Defense Review, Report of the National Defense Panel Joint Vision 2010, Army Vision 2010, Army After Next Study Program; and the Department of Defense and Army Science and Technology Plans. Following the broad survey, the paper highlights two technologies with the potential to provide leap-ahead capabilities during the AAN time frame. The two technologies are: (1) the use of computer simulations to enhance tactical decision-making (planning, preparation, and execution) and (2) a Future Combat System equipped with an Electromagnetic Gun. A short section of the paper presents. from an outsider's perspective, several observations concerning evolving Army After Next operational concepts. Based on these observations, the paper recommends continued research and efforts to identify alternative Army After Next operational concepts. Additionally, the paper recommends a thorough review of assumptions concerning the potential effectiveness of Active Protection Systems. This is a very important issue because the front running Army After Next operational concept - air-mechanization - relies heavily on Active Protection Systems to provide survivability to a new class of 15-ton fighting systems.
This weeklong workshop focused primarily on identifying those portions of the Army's Medical Science and Technology Investment Strategy, principally Basic Research (6.1) and Applied Research (6.2) investment areas, that are essential to ensure that the Army will have the required medical capabilities to support the Army After Next (AAN) in 2025. The goal of the Medical Technology Workshop 1999 (MTW-99) was to support Army efforts to make the appropriate technology acquisition decisions by developing medical solutions for military requirements to protect and sustain the force.
Testimony focuses on the proposal to create a National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism. Mr. Jenkins warns one of the major challenges will be to correctly frame the issue, avoiding unsupported assumptions that lead to inappropriate strategies. He concludes by underscoring some principles to guide the proposed commission's work.