The Emergence and Future of Defence Technologies: From Stirrups to Satellites

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Authors
  1. Porter, N.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Directorate of Science and Technology Policy
Abstract
An examination of several military technologies of the 20th century reveals that successful innovation arises from a combination of technology, doctrine and organization. Future military transformation will be marked by technological turbulence as rapid innovation decreases the longevity of any one technological innovation and the increasing diffusion of commercial technologies makes militarily significant technology more available. Open source analysis of some of the future science and technology areas that will be relevant to military transformation include: weapons of mass effect, information technology, the role of culture, strategic lift, footprint reduction, mobility, nanotechnology, uninhabited systems, countering the maritime mine threat, medicine in urban combat, protection, power systems, and the space environment. Success in the future will involve constant and rapid insertion of innovations combined with a disruptive technology watch.

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Keywords
Future S&T environment;Transformation;Disruptive technology;Weapons of mass effect;Information Technology;Culture;Strategic lift;Footprint reduction;Mobility;Nanotechnology;Uninhabited systems;Sea mine;Medecine;Urban combat;Protection;Power systems;Space
Report Number
DRDC-CORPORATE-TR-2004-004 — Technical Report
Date of publication
27 Oct 2004
Number of Pages
52
DSTKIM No
CA025029
CANDIS No
522550
Format(s):
CD ROM

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