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CSIS: Internet of Things Tech Presents Opportunities to Military

networkA Center for Strategic and International Studies report outlines what it calls opportunities and potential applications of Internet of Things technologies in order to drive cost savings, efficiency and effectiveness in U.S. military operations.

The September 2015 report by Denise Zheng and William Carter said the Defense Department currently falls behind in the utilization of IoT technologies in some areas.

While DoD does deploy IoT technologies for both combat and noncombat applications, the report indicated that there are still gaps in existing and future military IoT systems.

According to Zheng and Carter, the military has generally overlooked automation and digital analytics and faces challenges such as continued security concerns, additional investments requirements and resistance to change.

The report recommends that DoD adopt technologies and business practices that drive cost savings in the areas of condition-based maintenance, real-time fleet management, inventory management and energy efficiency.

The military can also build out IoT-enabling technologies that extend Internet connectivity and support common security overlays for commercial off-the-shelf devices as well as common standards and protocols, the report added.

Zheng and Carter also recommend open acquisition fairs, agile development, technology test beds and platform-as-a-service contracting as approaches to boost IoT innovation.

“Greater adoption of IoT can help the military adapt to a modern world in which adversaries are more sophisticated and capable and military budgets are shrinking,” they said.

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