AI and Big Data will be Integral Components of Future Defense Procurement and Support Spending

UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) is working on developing a big data platform

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data are beginning to have transformative effects on military capabilities. The Strategy Analytics Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) service report, “Global Defense Spending Outlook 2016-2026,” forecasts the global defense budget will approach $2.41 trillion in 2026, with the opportunities available to industry growing at a CAGR of 3.5 percent.

AI and Big data analytics will be integral components of future defense procurement and support budgets, which will grow to over $770 billion in 2026. Strategy Analytics has teamed with Defence IQ for the Big Data for Defence Summit, which will be held from 26th - 28th June in London and takes place in partnership with the UK MoD Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA).

The event will bring together the military requirement and civilian capabilities necessary to build future proficiency in AI and Big Data, and enable cognitive support to operators and users from the tactical front-line to the logistical backend.

“AI and big data opportunities will span situational-awareness, remote-sensing, precision targeting, combat platform/system effectiveness, battlefield-maneuver, logistics, decision-making (command and control) and cybersecurity,” noted Asif Anwar, ADS director at Strategy Analytics.

“The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) is working on developing a big data platform, and also launched a challenge in 2017 to develop an automated system that will identify and classify vehicles from satellite imagery, while the UK’s Royal Navy is pursuing Project Nelson to exploit and enable developments in AI across the whole naval enterprise.”


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