TABLE 2.1 Summary of Recommendations for Maneuver

Project

Recommendation

JMDT

Enlist other institutions in conducting controlled sensor experiments and in gathering, analyzing, and publishing databases.

RST-V

Consider other power plants such as the micro gas turbine, and evaluate lithium battery safety.

MEFF-V

Support, but periodically reevaluate payoff.

Autonomous Operations

Design new vehicles to accommodate autonomy.

Monitor the work of NASA and others.

Simulation-based Acquisition

Ensure Marine Corps specificity; include cost.

Reexamine funding category.

CONCLUDING REMARKS

The committee considered most of the programs presented to be of value in meeting future Marine Corps needs. However, this chapter’s overview (pages 14-15) identifies a problem that is not being addressed: the transformation of information into knowledge that would allow the Marine Corps to achieve informed maneuver. Information challenges in the urban environment are particularly difficult and, from the briefings provided to the committee, are not being addressed.

The committee identified the need for a coordinated, continuing 6.1 program in the basic science of remote detection of land mines that includes the categorization of all threat conditions. As part of the basic research management, a comprehensive search over a wide area of disciplines should be conducted; consideration should be given to a blue-ribbon committee whose members have a broad spectrum of scientific expertise. Such a committee would be charged with identifying and recommending the most promising candidates for demonstrator-level experimentation in all the areas of interest to the Marine Corps.



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