Research Area 20: Strategic Planning, Prototyping, and Experimentation

The objective of this research area is to develop innovative approaches and products to determine military worth and quantify value propositions for weapon concepts as part of the Munitions Directorate’s strategic planning process. Specific mission areas of interest include Air, Space, and Nuclear Deterrence. Techniques for objective quantification of future weapon technologies, attributes, and their trade spaces critical to achieving operational objectives are sought. There is also interest in fast-running informative tools for analysis, study, optimization, and revelation of opportunities to address operational gaps and shortfalls. Inclusion of should-cost estimates for technologies and cost exchange ratios for blue-red forces is an important factor to senior leader decision making processes. Techniques to efficiently develop strategic planning road mapping tools which quantify time-phased performance advancements over baseline technologies and weapon systems are highly desired. In addition, collections of technologies into notional weapon constructs are of interest, along with approaches to quickly develop both software and/or hardware prototypes for demonstration purposes. Unique approaches for experimentation will be given consideration when they provide timely data to inform decisions.


Keywords: Innovative Weapons; Future Weapon Technology; Road Mapping Tools.


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