Whether it’s automating core processes, transforming the customer experience, or accelerating decision making across the digital battlespace, agencies have greater opportunities than ever to enhance mission performance with emerging technology. But to capture all the benefits of advanced tools such as AI, digital twins, and fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks, federal leaders need a new set of creative strategies to overcome the obstacles that typically impede technology adoption.
Consider the challenges: Regulatory frameworks create both essential guardrails and major delays. Digital skill shortages, outmoded network architectures, and inflexible acquisition policies can further slow a technology’s journey from idea to mission application. And AI itself is being used to condense innovation lifecycles across technology types, potentially making some once-new tools obsolete at implementation.
Given the challenges, how should agencies respond? When the goal is to adopt emerging technology with low risk but at maximum speed, one approach delivers especially powerful advantages: Many agencies are now exhaustively itemizing their unique real-world mission needs, then working with tech ecosystem partners to rapidly customize, integrate, and deploy commercial technologies in first-of-their-kind mission platforms. Increasingly, adoption of today’s most innovative tools happens fastest at this crucial intersection—where mission and technology meet to catalyze momentum and breakthroughs.