A great deal of ink has been spilled regarding the military technology arms race between the United States and its peer and near-peer competitors. While opinions differ as to who currently fields the best military equipment, few would argue that the technological edge the United States once held over its potential adversaries is eroding. The Department of Defense (DoD) wants to leverage emerging and disruptive technology to ensure warfighters have an edge in combat.
When most think of such capabilities, they think of technologies such as hypersonic weapons, quantum computing, cyber, directed-energy weapons, big-data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and similar cutting-edge tools and systems. These are important technologies that can potentially lead to war-winning breakthroughs and ensure that the United States achieves battlefield dominance.
1. Scott Truver, “Naval Mines and Mining: Innovating in the Face of Benign Neglect,” Center for International Maritime Security, 20 December 2016. See also, Oceanography and Mine Warfare (Washington, DC: National Research Council, 2000), and Gregory Hartman and Scott Truver, Weapons That Wait: Mine Warfare in the U.S. Navy (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1991).