The US military has helped with the exponential progress and advancement of technology and computing. From the creating of ARPAnet, which later became the basis of cloud computing in the 1960s, the US military pushed for massive innovations that we, as the public, can benefit from today.
The Department of Defense (DoD) has recently been busy working with many different companies on cloud computing and robotics.
Cloud computing has demonstrated huge cost savings and operational efficiency benefits for the private sector. The DoD is currently using their program managers to explore the concept for enterprise and tactical applications with cyber security at the forefront of challenges to overcome. Focusing on cyber security allows the DoD to leverage commercially offered cloud services that offer the same or greater level of protection necessary for the DoD mission and information assets. We may be able to see notable improvements to the everyday security issues we worry about with broader use of IoT and cloud platforms.
The federal government also intends to accelerate the pace at which its branches will realize the value of cloud computing by requiring agencies to “evaluate safe, secure cloud computing options before making any new IT investments.”For example, cloud services can enhance warfighter mobility through device and location independence while providing on-demand secure global access to mission data and enterprise services. The goal for the DoD is to increase mission effectiveness and operational efficiencies that can both be achieved with cloud computing.
Robotics also has become a growing interest within the military. In 2011 U.S. Army started to get their feet wet by signing an $11 million order with iRobot. This was for 310 SUGV4 man-portable robots that are used to perform dismounted operations. Announced this week, the U.S. Navy has continued the relationship with iRobot by signing a contract valued up to $96 million. This will go towards the Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) MK1 robots, which are modeled after iRobot’s multi-mission iRobot 510 PackBots. iRobot states that, “Our family of robots are smart, light, rugged and easy to use. We take pride in the role they play to keep our service members safe, and we remain committed to ensuring the U.S. Navy’s MTRS fleet is equipped with the latest in robotic technologies to combat threats that persist globally.”
With the military’s focus on technology innovation we are excited to see the progression on cloud computing, cyber security, and robotics. Advanced MP Technology is a global distributor of electronic components. We make it a priority to keep up the exponential growth in technology, while being a distributor that is known for sourcing current as well as hard to find components.