5 Ways Tech is Changing The Global Defense Sector

The two World Wars and the Cold War signified the importance for armed forces to invest a large share of investments in research and development. Dedicating a large share of defense budgets to R&D meant military forces continually created new capabilities to deal with existing or emerging threats. Indeed, defense R&D has contributed to improving aspects of military might and prowess as well as effectively improving aspects of civilian life.



The rise of the digital era coupled with a technology-centric approach has created a transformation in how the global defense sector employs technology to respond to potential threats and the proliferation of asymmetric warfare.

This article examines how technology has created a paradigm shift, changing how the global defense sector approaches the modern battlefield.


1. The rise of mobile applications

The rise and popularity of smartphones have members of the global defense sector taking notice.

Military technology is leveraging the power of smartphones and adapting it for battlefield use. Programs like the Nett Warrior integrates smartphone technology to provide unparalleled situational awareness for soldiers in combat theaters.

The advanced technology smartphones provide, coupled with their information-sharing capabilities, makes them crucial tools for tactical communities to improve navigation and situational awareness in any operational environment.

Mobile applications aren’t only being deployed by armed forces for battlefield use. Armies are leveraging smartphone technology to power its recruitment and training programs. These digital workspaces are improving operations, logistics, and boosting productivity, across many departments in the global defense sector.


2. Unmanned vehicles

Advanced military vehicles balance the future of autonomous vehicles with the latest manned vehicle models. Until militaries develop the much-needed infrastructure for a fully autonomous fleet, many in the global defense sector will look to adopting a hybridized system approach. Regardless, the development of remote technology has transformed the application of air, ground and sea vehicles.

Many in the global defense sector see autonomous vehicles and unmanned systems as the future of mechanical warfare. Its undeniable design advantages, from a safety point-of-view to improved military operational flexibility, has given rise to its advocacy.

But unmanned technology remains in its fledgling state. Arguments continue on both sides regarding the case for and against a human element within the infrastructure of mechanized warfare.


3. Improved communication

Tools like the Nett Warrior program and current unmanned aerial vehicles, such as drones, are employing technology to pave the way for improved communications. Both cutting-edge systems provide real-time, accurate information regarding enemy activity, higher echelon data, and soldier positioning location information.

Internet technology has also enabled improvements in satellite communication. Remote operating sites are no longer restricted, as internet technology provides secure voice and data services. This empowers the tactical community, providing a control of necessary tactical information without operational constraints.

As digital technology continues to become more commonplace within the global defense sector and modern combat theater, the global defense sector is turning to mobile communication platforms. These mobile solutions help generate better communication environments across multiple battlefield landscapes.


4. Better equipped soldiers

The rise of asymmetrical warfare and continued pockets of global unrest have kept the safety and health of those serving in the armed forces at the forefront of debate. Thanks to technology though, those entering dangerous operational conditions in the modern era of combat are experiencing higher survivability rates and improved safety.

Alongside soldiers on the frontlines, battlefield medical personnel are employing technology to improve military medical training and help save lives. Tools like the Multiple Amputation Trauma Trainer (MATT), a technologically advanced medical simulator, is enabling high-fidelity simulations of trauma caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs). MATT employs a state-of-the-art visual to create lifelike simulations, allowing for unparalleled realism to treatments.

Other developing techs that are empowering soldiers to be smarter and faster warfighters include electrical stimulation to improve brain response times and a futuristic Iron Man-style suit called the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS). A bullet-proof suit made of “liquid armor,” TALOS is slated for trials this


5. The growth of cybersecurity

The inclusion of digital technology in the era of modern combat means military forces are seeking to increase cybersecurity growth. As more combat theaters are fought with the assistance of digital technology, cybersecurity remains a major opportunity and threat. Militaries are examining solutions that combat cyber terrorism as well as secure lines of communication and information.

From mechanized warfare that deploy multirole platform vehicles to the rise of electronic warfare, industry leaders in the global defense sector are on the lookout for innovative technological solutions to counterbalance cybersecurity threats from operational and logistical standpoints. Both private cybersecurity firms and government entities are looking to create cybersecurity tools that will limit cyber intrusions within operational deployments.

Conclusion

As the global defense sector faces increasing concern and scrutiny regarding the asymmetrical evolution of warfare, many look to the instrumentality of technology to better equip armed forces for wartime efforts. While current technological processes have already contributed to improving battlefield environments and soldier safety, only time will tell what role emerging technology will have in future combat theaters.

AUTHOR BIO

Miles Chambers
Senior International Business Development and Sales Manager, NIMR Automotive LLC

Miles Chambers joined NIMR Automotive in October 2016 as Senior International Business Development and Sales Manager. In this capacity, Miles oversees NIMR Automotive’s expansion to Global markets, particularly into Europe and Southeast Asia. In addition to his responsibilities at NIMR Automotive, Miles is the Chairman of the Azerbaijan-South Africa Chamber of Commerce.

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