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02 October 2023
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Cyber struggles
As military investment in cyberwarfare explodes, some analysts and experts are fi nding that cyber may be of limited use when it comes to deterrence and coercion, even as bad actors like China and Russia seek make full use of it to push their objectives forward. Nicholas Kenny looks into recent reports that ask whether or not expectations have been set too high in this area.

A sense of things to come
Developed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Innovate UK, SAPIENT is an open software architecture that helps different sensors, interfaces and decision-making modules work together, making it particularly useful in C-UAS missions. Andrea Valentino catches up with Professor Paul Thomas, a Dstl fellow, to understand the drawbacks of traditional technologies, how SAPIENT exploits AI and automation to improve on what came before – and how this most revolutionary of platforms is now supporting Nato operations.

Abandon ship?
As the maritime operating environment continues to change, questions persist over the continued relevance of the offshore patrol vessel (OPVs). Andrea Valentino speaks to a range of experts about the importance of OPVs to current civilian and military operations, how maritime nations are especially eager on their use, challenges around construction and development – and how whether, in a time of rising great-power tension, OPVs are really the ships militaries need to keep their coastlines safe.

Trust the processor
Militaries across the globe are experimenting with artificial intelligence to enhance their war fighting capabilities, but challenges remain over how to implement these tools. Gary King speaks to Brigadier Stefan Crossfield, principal AI officer at the British Army, and Shimona Mohan, research assistant at Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, to learn how armed forces can build trust between soldiers and AI systems, and the potential legal and ethical ramifications of using autonomous weapons.

In the driving seat
Automation is hardly a new technology in terms of military logistics, being used in some form or other for the past 60 years or so. However, ongoing advances in this area offer the potential to revolutionise logistics, and armed forces in the West are looking into how best to implement these systems – particularly when it comes to supply trucks. Gordon Feller speaks to Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute; Sagie Evbenata, senior research analyst at Guidehouse; retired Major General Simon Hutchings OBE, master general of logistics with the Royal Logistics Corps; and Michael P Noonan, senior fellow at the US-based Foreign Policy Research Institute, to learn more.

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