Force Development and Technology

The Force Development and Technology Program analyzes how technological advances and new operational concepts can improve the Army’s effectiveness in current and future conflicts. Its research agenda focuses on helping the Army maintain its technological edge against adaptable adversaries. †is is accomplished by performing assessments of a given technology’s feasibility, performance, cost, and risk. The program is directed by Christopher Pernin.

Investigators working on Force Development and Technology projects are drawn from across RAND, and bring a diverse range of professional and educational experiences and cultural background to its work.

Sponsors of Force Development and Technology Research

Senior Army Leaders sponsor each study, designed to help answer top Army policy questions. Th†e Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3; the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology; and U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command are the principal sponsors of work in this program. Other clients include the Chief Information Office, G-6, and Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, among other key leaders in the Army. Our research streams provide a broad mandate across the Army, and help us to provide both quick-turn and longer-term support to Army decisions.

Research Streams

The program sustains research streams in four policy domains (below). Within these streams, the program provides expertise and analysis developed over many years of focused and sustained research, as well as short-term, quick-response support on critical issues.

Understanding Past, Current, and Possible Future Army Operations

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • The Role of Ultralight Tactical Mobility in Army Operations
  • Metrics for Locally Focused Stability Operations
  • Analytic Support to Asymmetric Warfare Group Embed and Reach-Back Analysis
  • Analytic Support to the QDR Office: Assessing Close Support Capabilities and Needs for Future Conflicts
  • Army Capabilities Against Future Anti-Access and Area Denial Strategies
  • Assessment of the Army’s Air and Missile Defense Portfolio
  • Near-Term Options for Army Airborne Forces
  • The Army’s Role in Projecting Power in an Anti-Access/Area Denial Environment: Developing a Quantitative Methodology for Explored Concepts

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Understanding and Improving Cyber and Network Capabilities

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Tactical LandCyber Operations and Capabilities
  • Multi-INT: Two Specific Intelligence Challenges
  • The Role of Social Media in Future Army Operations
  • Analysis of Unified Quest 2012 Excursions

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Improving Army Acquisition and Modernization

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Systems Engineering Support to PM Biometrics
  • Developing a Methodology for Risk-Informed Trade Space Analysis in Acquisition
  • Assessment of the MQ-1C Unmanned Aircraft System’s Contributions to BCT Mission Accomplishment
  • Capabilities Development Processes and Authorities Transfer

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Assessing Technology Development and its Application to Army Operations

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Rest-of-World Comparative Analysis of Army Modernization Programs and Portfolio
  • Defining Biometric Gold Standard Test Data
  • Advanced Technology Sensors and Data Exploitation

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For more about a particular research stream, contact Christopher Pernin, Director, Force Development and Technology Program.