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by Mike deBettencourt, 03.02.04

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On March 9th, 2004, the local World Future Society in Colorado Springs hosted a special evening on "Designing the Army of the Future."

  TOPIC: "Designing the Army of the Future"
  SPEAKER: Dave Applin, SAIC

Dave Applin is a retired Army officer, with more than 20 years of intelligence experience. He now serves as Advanced Technology manager with Science Applications Int'l Corp and is working on lead systems integration for the "Army Future Combat System Program,"  to be deployed in this decade. Applin talked about how DOD and DARPA technology concepts have now moved into system demonstration across the entire spectrum of military operations from major theater wars through counter terrorism to homeland security. During the meeting we explored how future studies has been applied to military force transformation, through the anticipation of "New Doctrine, New Technologies, and New Capabilities for the Future Force."

We met at the Warehouse Restaurant located on the southern edge of the downtown area. There was no cover charge for the meeting. Although this was not a dinner meeting folks could order from the restaurant if you wished.

WHAT IS THE WORLD FUTURE SOCIETY? We don't gaze at crystal balls...We don't read tea leaves...We don't study ancient prophecy or even "predict" things...We are futurists. We think like scientists and scholars. We have our own methodology and terminology for exploring what possible futures might await society. Visit the national society at: http://www.wfs.org

URL: http://www.childrencomefirst.com/springsfutures/armyoffuture.shtml

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