Information dominance: the implications of the digital transformation of armed forces
The digital transformation of defense is profound and ongoing. Most MoDs mindset is structured around 3 strategic objectives in the context of the ongoing digital revolution: operational superiority and information dominance in operation theater, effective day-to-day personnel support, and improved citizen relations and attractiveness of the army.
Particularly significant, the first objective mentioned a common need: in the face of an enemy that is itself increasingly digital and agile, it is critical to maintain an information advantage and anticipate the disruptions in employment that technological advances will inevitably bring (collaborative combat, autonomous systems, data analysis and fusions, decision support, artificial intelligence applications, …)
Linked with this need for informational superiority are the issues of access, security and transmission of data: how can information be transformed into intelligence and used to make decisions?
In the field, digitalization is imposing itself on the armed forces and impacting both doctrine and practices, even beyond technical adaptations. For our forces and those of our allies, as well as for those of our adversaries, “Data is the New Weapon”.