Welcome to Indo-Pacific Defense FORUM’s edition on military technology.
Staying ahead of the technology curve remains critical for the region’s militaries and nations to defend their citizens, their homelands, and ultimately their sovereignty. The rapid evolution of technology is affecting the readiness and responsiveness of Indo-Pacific militaries, law enforcement agencies, and nongovernmental organizations across the spectrum of operations, ranging from traditional warfighting to humanitarian assistance.
This edition presents leading issues related to military technology. The first series of articles discusses the challenges our near-peer competitors face in mastering and synchronizing technological advances for military uses. The opening article examines how Indo-Pacific countries are embracing space exploration, given that military systems and civilian communications increasingly rely on space technology. Next we explore how artificial intelligence (AI) applications will revolutionize the battlespace. The future of multi-domain operations, for example, may consist of symbiotic teams, where humans and AI-enabled machines bind the capabilities of each for optimal performance.
The next series of articles covers innovations across the security sphere, from helping law enforcement officers in Pacific island nations hone their crime-fighting skills to deploying cutting-edge spatial technology that can identify malaria outbreaks. Finally, we explore the opportunities and vulnerabilities of modernizing military organizations and sharing military and security advancements to increase our collective disaster mitigation and response capabilities.
I hope these articles energize regional conversations on military technology. I welcome your comments. Please contact the FORUM staff at firstname.lastname@example.org with your perspectives.
I hope this edition energizes the regional conversation and advances security solutions. I welcome your comments. Please contact the FORUM staff at with your perspectives.
All the best,
Admiral, U.S. Navy
Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command