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Disruptive technologies and force transformation: a Canadian perspective
Author(s): Ingar O. Moen; Robert S. Walker

Paper Abstract

Transformation of Canada’s military forces is being pursued to ensure their relevancy and impact in light of the new defence and security environment. This environment is characterized by an increasingly complex spectrum of military operations spanning pre- and post-conflict, the emergence of an asymmetric threat that differs substantially from the peer-on-peer threat of the Cold War, and the globalization of science and technology. Disruptive technologies - those that have a profound impact on established practice - are increasingly shaping both the civil and military sectors, with advances in one sector now regularly seeding disruptions in the other. This paper postulates the likely sources of disruptive technologies over the next 10-20 years. It then looks at how science and technology investments can contribute to force transformation either to take advantage of or mitigate the effects of these disruptions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5820, Defense Transformation and Network-Centric Systems, (26 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.608440
Show Author Affiliations
Ingar O. Moen, Defence Research and Development Canada (Canada)
Robert S. Walker, Defence Research and Development Canada (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5820:
Defense Transformation and Network-Centric Systems
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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