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• Variable Velocity Weapons System, with the option to use lethal or "less lethal" rounds and combining a target range-finder with automatically adjusting muzzle velocity to keep a less lethal round from becoming lethal if the target is too close; and

• Smart Virtual Minefield, combining a multi-barrel miniature launcher with two types of round in each barrel; the first is a wireless sensor, with the complement of all barrels fired at varying distances to form a virtual minefield. When the sensor is triggered, the barrel to which it is linked fires a lethal round, protecting the target area from incursion without leaving landmines buried in the ground as a future hazard; the computer control system also can temporarily deactivate specific sensors, allowing friendly forces to move through the field, then reactivate them.

Among those still in the lab are the ultimate in precision weapons for the future - directed energy. Two current programs in that arena are the Joint High Power Solid State Laser (JHPSSL), an Army/Joint Technology Office effort to produce a lab-based ioo-kilowatt technology demonstrator, and the High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS), a DARPA-funded demonstrator for a 150-kilowatt laser weapons system.

Another directed energy weapon program is the Airborne Laser (ABL), a heavily modified Boeing 747 using an advanced computerized targeting system and megawatt-class chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL) to shoot down ballistic missiles shortly after launch. Although it was essentially shelved in 2010, its successful test firings, combined with other research efforts, have opened the door to chemical or solidstate laser weapons being employed on and above future battlefields.

Another aspect of future smart combat capabilities will be a tight, real-time sensor/shooter fusion, where everyone from the individual Marine rifleman to Army mortar units to Air Force weaponized UAVs to ship-launched cruise missiles are tied together, each seeing the same constantly updated picture of enemy, Blue Force, and civilian locations and movements.

While much of that already is in place, increased information sharing is only now beginning to reach down to the squad level. To reach the individual warfighter will require advances in helmet-mounted or goggle-incorporated displays, an advanced data communications system that can send and receive whatever level of information is needed without overloading limited battlespace bandwidth, and new, long-life power systems to replace the current bagful of batteries soldiers and Marines already must carry into the field - and back.

Fueled by unprecedented advances in capability during the closing decade of the 20th century and the opening decade of the 21st, the war in Southwest Asia has become the most technology-enhanced - and dependent - conflict in history. Yet it likely has been only a modest prelude to the future evolution of military weapons and capabilities.

However, the ability of industry to meet the heightened demands and expectations now being placed on technology will be the ultimate constraint on how smart the next generation of weapons will be and how quickly they may be deployed.

"The purpose of what we do at the Lab is to develop warfighting capabilities across the board," Goulding concluded - adding that as that vision and strategy are now evolving, "you can't do this without r a family of unmanned systems. So in terms of technology, we are nier looking at the future for concepts of operations and how Marines will & fight in the future.

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~ struggling, I think, particularly in unmanned systems, to facilitate the £ types of operations we want for Marines. BigDog is a great concept, o but you can't put it into a rifle brigade. Technology is what it is and phot we are condemned to what we can actually put our hands on. Still, g- we had some damned good technologies in our last Limited Objective « Experiment and I think we'll be able to get some of those into the =; fight relatively soon as we try to service both the near and far target."

U.S. Army soldiers from 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, based out of Bamberg, Germany, fire an M777A2 at the live fire range at Grafenwoehr, Germany, on Aug. 29, 2009. The Excalibur 155 mm precision munition provides precision fires to land forces at the brigade level.

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