Technology—and the speed at which it’s developed—is greatly influencing customer priorities. Customers, allies, and partners, particularly government entities and the intelligence community, want new technology in their hands “at the speed of innovation,” or, as quickly as it can be developed. Embracing new models like open architecture, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and advanced manufacturing can make that happen.
The U.S. aerospace and defense community must invest in digital engineering and technologies like AI/ML to accelerate development cycles and deploy new products at the rate needed to meet the Defense Department’s evolving requirements and help the U.S. maintain its dominance in the global A&D community. Integrating high-tech, breakthrough technologies can empower people to make faster, more informed decisions that make the world a safer place.
“While the creation of new solutions through digital engineering processes is a major part of Industry 4.0, the industry must also upgrade legacy systems to fit into the new digital-first defense environment.”
The Role of Smart Factories
Industry 4.0, also described as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is making headway within the defense industry, with major players harnessing digital tools and smart manufacturing processes to produce products and services and create interconnected defense solutions to communicate threats in real-time.