Global Defence Technology: Issue 77
In this issue: South Korea’s defence strategy, NATO’s cyber security upgrades, the future of Scotland’s military bases, stealth solutions for refuelling tankers, new research into supercavitating torpedoes and more.
Reducing musculoskeletal injuries in the armed forces
Britain’s armed forces routinely battle a largely unseen enemy which, despite being responsible for significant loss of both operational readiness and ultimately even personnel from active service, nevertheless remains essentially unknown and often untreatable.
The borders have shifted: understanding NATO’s response to cyber warfare
“Most crises and conflicts today have a cyber dimension,” NATO’s Secretary General warned in 2016, as he declared the internet an official war zone. With our critical systems now under attack, as was acutely demonstrate in the WannaCry attack on the UK’s National Health Service this month, Dr Gareth Evans spoke to NATO to find out what’s being done.
Using autonomy to supply the ‘last mile’
The UK Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin has challenged industry and academia to design autonomous systems to resupply frontline troops. As part of the MoD’s innovation initiative, £3m has been invested in the next stage of the Innovation Autonomy Challenge which will focus on the ‘last mile’ of support – getting supplies to troops. Claire Apthorp finds out how, drawing on the rapid progress of the private sector, the MoD plans to leverage the success of technologies such as delivery drones.
Modernising Scotland’s military bases
In February the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved £1.7bn to upgrade Scotland’s military bases. The work is part of a wider programme that will bring sweeping changes to the MoD’s Defence Estate around the UK. Claire Apthorp found out where the money is going and what capabilities it will support.