The NAMC as part of the Defense Mobility Enterprise (DME), a collaboration with the Vehicle and Robotics Alliance (VRA), operates under an Annual Plan Cycle. Projects included in a DME Annual Plan cycle are specifically targeted to NAMC Members. These projects highlight desired technology to be pursued based on estimated funding availability and are divided up into correlating Objective Areas. The technology being pursued ranges from providing simulations to demonstrating particular capabilities. The Annual Plan represents the majority of projects being submitted through the DME for any Fiscal Year (FY). However, classified projects and special need projects may be solicited outside of the Annual Plan as Ad Hoc RPPs throughout the Annual Cycle.

DME Objective Areas under the GVS OTA

ASM

The Architecture, Security, and Modularity (ASM) Research Area includes open architecture compliancy to existing standards, Vehicle Management Systems; vehicle networks; architecture modeling; physical, logical, and messaging interoperability (e.g. COE, JAUS and IOP); safety systems; cyber-security and modularity of systems and subsystems.

Autonomy

The Autonomy Research Area includes autonomy and autonomous perception, intelligent behaviors, and Human Machine Interaction (HMI) and Operator Controlled Units (OCU).

Collaboration

The Collaboration Research Area includes autonomy and/or coordination algorithms, including as applied to other platform types (aerial, surface, underwater) as they relate to GVS collaboration as well as ground, air, and maritime vehicle teaming.

External Systems (Payloads)

The External Systems (formerly Payloads) Research Area includes communications, payloads, and attachments such as robotic manipulators and end effectors, explosive detection sensors, mechanical countermine systems, perception sensors, and other mission specific sensors.

M&S

The Modeling & Simulation (M&S) Research Area pertains to further efforts to advance the state of the art in systems, subsystems, and force effectiveness as well as reducing physical testing and life cycle costs.  Examples include mission, campaign, war-gaming, physical, testing, and evaluation models and simulations.

Fuels and Lubes (PAWS)

The Fuels and Lubes (formerly Petroleum and Water Systems (PAWS)) Research Area includes technology advancements in Fuels and Lubes for operational efficiency, increase power densities, alternatives, viscosity, and longevity.

Mobility

The Mobility Research Area includes chassis, wheels/track/legged/other, braking systems, and suspensions.

Platform

The Platform Research Area includes interior compartments, exterior body, survivability, occupant protection, fire suppression, material solutions, and thermal systems.

Powertrain

The Powertrain Research Area includes engine, drive train, energy storage, and electrical power generation and distribution.

Survivability

The Survivability Research Area includes efforts toward enhancing the survivability of the GVS or the GVS Mission.  The main focus areas would include blast protection/mitigation using structural design or armor, fire suppression, laser protection, mechanical countermine, lightweight structures, armor, etc.

T&E

Testing & Evaluation (T&E) Research Area includes research in the area for testing, evaluation, and validation of manned and unmanned ground vehicle systems for both general and specific mission tasks.  This includes, but is not limited to, testing theory, deterministic and non-deterministic testing, creation of procedures and apparatuses, evaluation of systems and sensors, testing of missions or functionality, and simulation.