Implications of military tech trends and innovation

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John Watts, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, discusses the trends that impact innovation at the Pentagon, and why energy storage systems will be important for next-generation military hardware.


Futures Command is the vanguard for the Army’s modernization efforts. As the branch reorganizes its research arm under the command, some are concerned about how this reorganization will impact how Army tech evolves. John Watts, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, believes that military tech development shouldn’t be consolidated at one organization.

 

“Everyone comes at a problem set in their own way. They bring their own experiences, their own knowledge, and so the more people you have looking at it, the more people you have considering the implications, the more important it is,” said Watts. “In fairness to the Army Futures Command, the under secretary of the Army and chief of staff of the Army actually had a number of us think-tankers over to the Pentagon the other day to hear our perspectives on the Army Futures Command… They’re going through a pretty rigorous process of engagement, and they’re moving to Austin in order to tap into other perspectives and insights.”