"Rapid and cost effective research, development and transition of advanced space technologies enables affordable and decisive military capabilities for US forces. The Space and Missiles Technology Area Plan is developing technologies that provide options for the warfighter that take maximum advantage of space as an operating environment. In the face of declining budgets and manning levels, constraints are placed on the S&T programs. We constantly strive to make technology investments in the high payoff areas. Our investment strategy emphasizes improved productivity at reduced cost. The need for affordability is a pervasive requirement that is emphasized throughout all aspects of the Space and Missiles Technology Area Plan. The breadth of technologies pursued in the Space and Missile Technology Area Plan is driven by specific military operational needs described in the Future Joint Warfighting Capabilities. These are: 1. To maintain near perfect knowledge of the enemy and communicate that to all forces in near-real time. 2. To engage regional forces promptly in decisive combat, on a global basis. 3. To employ a range of capabilities which allow achievement of military objectives with minimum casualties and collateral damage. 4. To control the use of space. 5. To counter the threat to the CONUS and deployed forces of future ballistic cruise missiles and other weapons of mass destruction."
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