Technology modernization is critical for effective global defense

Budget uncertainty continues to challenge many international defense agencies, and leaders continue to struggle with finding resources to devote to modernization, particularly in operations and maintenance. Yet as time progresses, tools such as secure clouds and upgraded collaboration tools can help not only to increase an agency’s agility, mobility, and ability to strike, but also significantly reduce the cost of running critical programs and applications.

Many legacy systems simply aren’t able to retrofit the emerging technologies that are essential for meeting the evolving capabilities of malicious actors, and even if they do, the updates are not likely to hold their ground against more sophisticated enemy systems over time. Next generation platforms must embrace the new technologies that allow them to monitor, identify and respond quickly to advanced threats as they emerge around the globe.

As noted in the 2014 priorities issued by the U.S. Department of Defense, today’s global military position differs greatly from that of the 1980s and 1990s, and the platforms developed during that era are reaching the end of their service lives. It will require significant resources to replace those systems, and managing that expense will rely heavily on government’s ability to manage risk, readiness and requirements very differently than in the past. Protecting and prioritizing key investments in technology and new capabilities play an extremely important role in this effort, particularly in areas such as cyber security, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), command, control, and communications (C3), and reduced energy consumption. The ability to change the investment strategy to advanced technology development will help governments to better address current and future threat challenges.

One area experiencing a defense spending boom is Africa and the Middle East, where modernization programs and the procurement of advanced platforms have lent momentum to the market and put it on pace to reach $45.49 billion in revenue in 2021 – but establishing stable partnerships between government and industry in those regions is crucial, and building a solid technology foundation for those systems will be crucial to their ongoing success. As defense agencies look to the future, the efficiencies realized by technology upgrades must play a fundamental role in their ability to respond to new global threats while maintaining budget austerity.

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About the Author

D.A. Harris | Director of Business Development, Microsoft Worldwide Defense

D.A. currently serves as the Industry Managing Director for Defense and Intelligence with a primary goal to drive revenue and market share growth in the defense and national security business across the globe by establishing Microsoft as a leading business solutions provider. He leads an extended industry team that oversees a growing and vital part of the global Microsoft business with specific responsibilities across cyber security, defense, and intelligence solutions. Read More