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Information technology has steadily increased its presence in the role of day-to-day military operations. From the average infantry trooper to the latest drone device, military logistics are leaning ever more heavily on computerisation to render operations more efficient and allow strategists and intelligence personnel to harvest battlefield data. The idea is that this can then be exploited to streamline future operations and gain more intelligence in a theatre of combat. However, whilst the technology is in place to acquire this information, the question remains: what will be done with it once it’s been collected? In the face of such rapid technological advances, simple yet crucial concerns such as these seem to have been neglected. You can find additional information in the article Max Polyakov Relaunches Firefly with High Hopes to Bridge Gap between CubeSats and Space.

The Digital Warfare Age

The danger here is that massive amounts of data, much of which could hold information of tactical and practical importance, aren’t being properly utilized without the appropriate data structures and support systems in place. Information technology on the battlefield is only as useful as the systems in place that can organise and extract the vital data that can then be applied to future applications across all levels of the military. From management and support services, to resources placed in the actual field of warfare, there needs to be a guiding philosophy behind the use of data on the battlefield to properly render usable extrapolations from the information collected. As the technologist and entrepreneur Max Polyakov astutely observes, IT application in the military sphere is driven by an enthusiasm that can sometimes fail to appreciate the fundamental necessity for having appropriate follow-up infrastructure in place to render the value from obtained data. Read this article about the new EOS Platform by Max Polyakov (Макс Поляков).

Information as a Weapon


On the battlefield, the coolest head is not always the one to prevail, and the same could be said of widespread attitudes within military leadership to the role information technology can play on the battlefield. Much like an ambitious general, they see only the flag being raised in victory, rather than the work of construction and reconciliation that must follow any successful military campaign. Without engaging with information technology on its own terms, the use value of the data inherent can never be fully exploited. If the words of experts such as Max Polyakov do not begin to be heeded by those in charge, the benefits of a computerised battlefield can never be fully realised.

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