Human engagement - For future operations, are there alternatives to the use of hard/physical power? How can we best predict behaviour in response to our actions? How do we best engage with diverse communities, particularly where our adversaries may be hiding within the civilian populations? How do we work effectively with our Allies?


Fifty years ago, major technological developments were primarily driven by the space race and the Cold War. Today, almost all technology development, derived from current global S&T investment, is driven by the consumer market. Advanced technology development, once the realm of government laboratories, is now carried out to a large extent in the civil and commercial sectors. As technology continues to be driven by market needs, exploitation of technology to meet defence and security needs will require an increasing focus and understanding of emerging technologies and their opportunities and impacts on the future of Defence and Security. As well as increased understanding of the evolving physical and social environments in which Defence operates.

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