How can the U.S. military ensure a force that is ready, survivable, and lethal even as near-peer opponents compete for information supremacy? The answer: with systems that are open, smart, resilient and secure, even at the tactical edge. Success in information warfare depends on technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), edge computing, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR).
These technologies are essential components of an information-driven, fully integrated environment extending across all warfighting domains: what we call the Digital Battlespace. Embracing this vision of the Digital Battlespace will help transcend today’s organizational and acquisition boundaries, integrating critical networks and ensuring elements work together even in low-bandwidth or cyber-challenged situations.
Establishing information supremacy is a key priority in the Digital Battlespace. By recognizing information as the central organizing feature, the Department of Defense (DoD) can gain a holistic view of defense initiatives and operations. Considerations from risk assessments to tech upgrades can then be placed in context of the entire ecosystem.