FIGURE ES.1 The driving technology areas for future Department of the Navy operations.

applications. Since the development of many of the critical technologies is becoming global in nature, some consideration is given to foreign capabilities and trends as a way to assess potential adversaries' capabilities.

Finally, the panel assessed the current state of the science and technology (S&T) establishment and processes within the Department of the Navy and makes recommendations that would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of this vital area.

Major Technology Application Areas

The panel identified more than 100 important technologies that will form the technology base for the future naval forces and grouped them into the following nine major application areas (Figure ES.1):

  • Computation,
  • Information and communications,
  • Sensors,
  • Automation,
  • Human performance,
  • Materials,
  • Power and propulsion,
  • Environments, and
  • Enterprise processes.

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