US DoD to Focus C4ISR Spending on Commercial IT Advances in Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing

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“C4ISR and IT industries are converging around artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, data analysis, self-healing networks, and cloud computing,” said Brad Curran, Aerospace & Defense Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “Going forward, naval, airborne, and ground tactical networks are overly complex, making the networks too difficult to establish and defend. To resolve this problem, DoD requires integration and cybersecurity services from the defense industry.”
Curran added: “Procurement will overtake research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) to take up the largest share of spending by 2024. It will primarily focus on manpack radio, fixed surveillance systems, naval IT networks, ship self-defense systems, anti-submarine warfare sensors, and deployable tactical networks. Further, the operations and maintenance department’s spending will emphasize on service-wide communications, global early warning sensors and networks, cybersecurity, weather systems, and software/digital technology pilot programs.”The steady growth of the C4ISR budget spending presents immense growth prospects for its market participants, including:
Command and Control (C2) to Enable Collaboration: The largest C2 program requests are base operations/service-wide communications, Global C3I, and polar satellite communications. C2 solution providers must adapt to commercial technologies; space technology firms can help develop new concepts such as on-orbit servicing and software-defined satellites.

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