Inside Unmanned Systems

DEC 2017 - JAN 2018

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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14 unmanned systems inside   December 2017/January 2018 C yber warfare gets a lot of press these days—if it isn't the Chinese stealing millions of U.S. Federal personnel records, it's the Russians brea k ing int o t he Democrat ic National Headquarters email, the North Koreans hacking Sony or unnamed hackers cracking Uber's servers. You can't open a website or change the channel without hearing about more cyber horrors, but are we really picking up on the whole cyber warfare game? Is there more to it than hackers in dark rooms stealing passwords and cracking into Wall Street servers? I think there is. I think our major adversaries are playing the long game and have a plan to not only dominate the digital world, but to use our own technology—and freedoms— against us. And it's about to get worse as the world switches from human controlled operations to autonomy. Drones will see the first wave of what I call autonomy warfare. The Superpowers This new type of warfare is produc- ing new types of superpowers. Just having nuclear weapons doesn't get you into the new superpower club. Cyber capacity is the deciding factor. Countries with the best (and most) coders, the most extensive cyber production capability, the best cyber infrastructure and best regulatory environment are the new superpow- ers. Using these measures, the United States and People's Republic of China are the sole cyber superpowers. True, the Commonwealth nations (par- ticularly the UK and India), Western Europeans, Israelis and Russians are formidable cyber powers, but all lack the massive numbers of coders, com- puter engineers, available capital and, most importantly, cyber industrial ca- pacity to be true cyber superpowers. The United States remains the top superpower—for now. We became a cyber superpower much like we dominated the world back when mili- tary power and industrial capacity determined superpower status—by using American innovation to drive a free market economy largely free of government regulation. The fiercely competitive American market, not its government, drove nearly all the growth in America's cyber power. by JAMES POSS, MAJ GEN (RET) USAF, CEO ISR IDEAS General Overview by James Poss, Maj Gen (RET) USAF AUTONOMY WARFARE

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