TABLE ES.2 Summary of Topics Recommended for New Investments

 

Topic

Imperative for OMFTS

Maneuver

None, other than 6.1 research in mine detection phenomenology

Firepower

Concepts for weapons of controllable lethality

 

New concepts for mortars, hand grenades, and rifle grenades

 

Countersniper weapons

 

Sensor systems to support counterbattery weapons

Logistics

Vulnerability of sea-based logistics train

 

Shipment development/item location in shipboard environment

 

Innovative approaches to water usage

Training and Education

General military training

 

Proficiency training

 

Team training

 

Limitations of close-combat computer games

 

A long-range research and technology plan for overall training and education that includes the rationale for selecting programs

Command and Control

Connectivity to joint and national sensors

 

Mobile networking for Marine-specific problems

 

Network security issues for MOUT and OMFTS

 

Networking the AAAV

 

Deception and other information operations

6.1

Investigation of other phenomena that could be incorporated into weapons of controllable lethality

 

Other fundamental research that could lead to better devices and techniques for urban warfare

 

Phenomena and devices for detecting mines, particularly remotely, and for mine countermeasures

 

Techniques for gaining and disseminating situational awareness in a Marine Corps context to enable informed maneuver

 

Materials that could reduce the logistics burden of OMFTS

dwarfs the Marine Corps program in funding level—will benefit the Corps. Enhancing awareness of requirements for fulfilling the Marine Corps mission can be accomplished through program-specific interactions and also by facilitation of interchanges between ONR program officers, ONR-supported researchers, and the Marine Corps customers for ONR’s technology. Code 353 also should reach out beyond the naval services to learn about other technology developers and to sensitize those developers to Marine Corps needs.

Overall, the shortcomings of the specific projects reviewed by the committee are not overly alarming, given the history of the program and the short time it has been managed by ONR. The committee hopes that ONR and Code 353 will treat the circumstances recounted at the beginning of this summary as an opportunity to formulate a new, technically exciting program that will help the Marine Corps achieve its goals for OMFTS.



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