DEFTECH-SCAN January 2020

This report contains mentions of developments, activities, and entities in 14 countries / regions. The breadth of countries referenced is both intentional and indicative; that is, it is designed to demonstrate at least three levels of impact of technology and capability development, diffusion, and deployment beyond large militaries such as those in the United States, China, and Russia.

First, more small and mid-sized militaries are taking advantage of technology diffusion and new requirements to develop advanced technology-enabled capabilities. Saudi Arabian Military Industry’s decision in January to develop a national counter-drone program is a useful example. So, too, is the recent incorporation of facial recognition software into Turkey’s KARGUS drone. This dynamic is unlikely to slow.

Second, the implications of new technology-enabled capabilities and the military and geopolitical competitions they create or amplify are broad and frequently unpredictable. The C4ISTAR section of this report details use of tools and technologies in support of layered Russian disinformation campaigns that affected entities in countries as diverse as the United Kingdom, Lithuania, and Switzerland. Similarly, the emphasis on uses of technologies such as artificial intelligence and bio and neuro-technologies has already generated important questions about ethics and norms of use that are of interest to militaries of all sizes.

Third, as new technology-driven capabilities are actually deployed the need for small and mid-sized militaries to prioritize capabilities critical to complementing the new capabilities of allies and partners or counter ingthose of potential competitors or adversaries becomes more urgent.

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