Army Science and Technology Symposium Highlights Needs to Modernize the Battlefield and Boost Warfighter Capabilities

Army Science and Technology Symposium

As the Army Futures Command continues to take shape, the defense community is eager to see what technological progress is in store for the Army and, ultimately, all of our military branches. To discuss just that, Army leadership gathered at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. last month for the Army Science and Technology Symposium hosted by NDIA.

The Army Science and Technology Symposium, brought together industry experts, researchers, and warfighters alike to discuss the latest emerging technologies for the Army to ensure success on today’s modern battlefield and beyond. The theme for this year’s show, Empowering a Soldier’s Success, was largely showcased by advocating for program security, industry partnership, and an overall push for technological modernization.

Here are a few of the top tweet takeaways from the Army Science and Technology Symposium this year:

Mary Miller, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)), served as one of the events keynotes and touched on several important priorities enabling the success of our soldiers. Security and protection of technology to maintain in-theater advantage was one of them.

As seen in several areas of the defense community, industry partnerships help boost both technology caliber as well as program affordability while increasing speed to market. Defense leaders want to put the best, most advanced technology possible in the hands of soldiers while still being able to accommodate rigid budgets.

But the overwhelming theme in many of these talks at the Army Science and Technology Symposium this year was the general need for smarter, more modern solutions for our warfighters. The technology exists in the private sector. It just needs to be effectively translated into the defense community. With the adoption of technologies like autonomy, AI, and data analytics, the Army Futures Command’s s six modernization priorities can really come to the foreground.

We look forward to seeing what other technological advances come into the picture to continue empowering the warfighter’s success. You can follow more updates from the NDIA’s Army Science and Technology Symposium on Twitter at #ArmyST18.

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