Frank Strickland, managing director at Deloitte Consulting, discusses a report on how to use cutting-edge tech to solve age-old difficulties with military readiness.
In 2017, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis pledged to make improving readiness a top priority. While readiness is an old problem, help could come from new solutions. A report published by Deloitte details ways that emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and cloud computing, could alleviate some issues the Pentagon is facing in this area. Frank Strickland, managing director at Deloitte Consulting and one of the report’s authors, says that improving data visibility will lead to better readiness. “The department has always wanted to anticipate. Part of the operational art of conflict is imagining what the adversary might do, anticipating that and taking counter actions. That’s been part of the department’s theory of war and conduct of war for some time. What is new is that technologies, such as machine learning, [are] enabling us to take these mountains and mountains of data, and compute new variables in the relationships,” said Strickland. “For example, if I thought about mission-capable aircraft. Not just the aircraft itself, but the depot maintenance, the parts, the maintainers, the pilots. Taking those and computing new variables, finding variables that are predictive of keeping that aircraft in the air… and then using that to make decisions to have a more ready force.”