DEFTECH-SCAN January 2021

This Deftech Scan reports on and assesses occurrences in military technology and capability development taking place from late November 2020 through to mid-to-late January 2021 with some additional references to actions that predates the reporting period. It contains reporting on recent activities and announcements in the United States, South Korea, North Korea, China, India, Russia, France, Sweden, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, NATO, and the European Union.

The “New” Domains of Conflict: This volume has a strong emphasis on current developments and emerging requirements related to three domains that the Defence of Japan 2020 White Paper released in July of last year referred to as the “new domains” of conflict: space, the electromagnetic spectrum, and the cyber-domain. Of course, militaries of all sizes have been operating in these domains for years. However, small, medium, and large-sized militaries are concentrating research and development efforts on and organising around the iterative competitions in these domains.

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DEFTECH-SCAN November 2020

This DEFTECH SCAN reports on and assesses occurrences in military technology and capability development taking place from late September through late November. This issue in particular reflects the increasing pace and progress of defence technology development and innovation efforts not just in the United States, China, and Russia, but especially in midsized and even small militaries throughout the world. The report includes updates from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Israel, Australia, France, Japan, and India in addition to the three large militaries mentioned above.

This volume includes a description of a separate demonstration of an energy capture and storage technology for drones that was also developed by Delft Technical University, signalling not just that this particular university is engaged in interesting and potentially impactful research, but more fundamentally the importance of academia and applied research institutes in the defence innovation ecosystem. Assessment of continued development of Russian exoskeletons and China’s drone swarms—both regularly touched on themes in these reports—also appear in this report.

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DEFTECH-SCAN September 2020

This DEFTECH SCAN reports on and assesses key developments in military technology and capability development taking place from late July through mid-September. It includes developments from the United States—which saw an especially active reporting period—Russia, China, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, and India among other countries involved in the discussion around the ethics and safety of defence and security applications of artificial intelligence.

The reporting period included at least three especially significant defence technology breakthroughs in the United States: 1) the shock announcement of the flying in the real world of a digitally designed sixth generation fighter jet; 2) the victory of an artificial intelligence algorithm over a human pilot in a virtual dogfight; and 3) the interception of a manoeuvrable cruise missile by a hypervelocity projective fired from a howitzer.

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