This book draws on a series of studies known as Project Hindsight Revisited conducted by the authors at the National Defense University from 2004–2006. The Hindsight Revisited studies examined, in three reports, the development of four current U.S. Army weapons systems: the Abrams main battle tank, the Apache attack helicopter, the Stinger anti-aircraft missile, and the Javelin anti-tank missile. In exploring how these weapons systems were taken from conceptual design to full-scale production, the studies brought to light crucial factors in their successful development. This book pursues significant implications of the studies’ findings, with the intention that this analysis and commentary will help the Army’s science and technology (S&T) leadership manage the Army S&T portfolio today and tomorrow.
Collaboration with industry, with other DOD partners, with academia — this has been, is, and will continue to be vital to Army S&T success. The Army has benefited, is benefiting, and will continue to benefit from investment in critical technologies that serve multiple weapons systems, in basic research, and in unique equipment and facilities. The Army laboratories have been, are, and will continue to be crucial to technical success.