Richard Kidd IV, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Strategic Integration, details the Army’s plan for “smart installations” and how they are key to recruiting the future warfighter.
As the Army is drawing up plans for future bases, the branch is working to develop “smart installations.” These locations would utilize technologies like artificial intelligence and data analytics to improve readiness and efficiency. According to Richard Kidd IV, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Strategic Integration, the smart bases fulfill some of the Army secretary’s top priorities. “Readiness, modernization and reform are his three overarching priorities, and taking care of soldiers and their families is an enduring priority. When we talk about the installations of the future, what we are thinking is ‘how do we implement the secretary’s priorities in a manner that prepares our installations for the future fight, the role they will be expected to perform in that fight, as well as the delivery of public goods and services to the people on those installations,’” said Kidd. “One of the challenges is that as you go to smart city applications, internet of things, you are able to dynamically improve the connection between a city government and its citizens. But at the same time, you create vulnerabilities in cyberspace that can be exploited by our enemies. How do we make our installations resilient and also a great place to live and work?”