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Innovation and Creativity in Cyber Defense

By Kevin Coleman — Defense Tech Cyberwarfare Correspondent

Technology plays a significant role in our military defenses as well as our intelligence collection and analysis. This is the case not just in the hybrid cyber domain, but also in traditional military conflict.  Universities around the world are conducting cutting edge research that will evolve and set the stage for the next technological breakthrough. Companies ranging from the very large multi-billion dollar firms to start-ups are busy creating the next generation of weapons and intelligence systems with untold capabilities that cut across all five domains of conflict. These companies must inspire their designers and engineers to:

  • Generate new ideas, products, methods and processes
  • Leverage models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues
  • Recognize meaningful trends and forecast possibilities –that create a vision of the future

I was asked if technology innovation and creativity should be a national priority given their importance to the economy and national security; the answer is without question YES! Where will this innovation come from? It is anyone’s guess at this point. The top five most innovative countries are listed below.

  1. United States
  2. Singapore
  3. Finland
  4. Israel
  5. South Korea

The United States faces a huge challenge with cyber in particular. In order to achieve the level of innovation and creativity needed today we must give our designers and engineers permission to fail sometimes. This runs counter to our current management philosophy. Without this permission, designers and engineers will play it safe and we will not see the breakthroughs necessary for revolutionizing our economy and for the United States to stay #1.


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephen Russell May 2, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Hire New Blood, New thinking, maybe non IT skilled but have basic PC skills.


Brian Black May 3, 2011 at 3:21 am

I’m wondering what measurement was used to produce the list of five. A simple budget comparison?

China is a looming problem in this technological area. We’ve had a period where Western nations have managed to live with cheap Chinese labour by manufacturing hi-tech and hi-spec goods, but China is now steadily encroaching into that area.

Maintaining a technology gap, across both business and defence is now more important, but also more difficult, than ever.


blight May 3, 2011 at 7:11 am

If it was budget, you'd think Japan would be higher. The tsunami wasn't /that/ big to knock Japan completely out of the running.


Northener May 3, 2011 at 4:18 am

Maybe we can use Nokia's personel who are getting sacked?


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