What are the "killer applications" of the 21st century battlefield

From robotic planes to cyberweapons to 3D printing and human enhancement, new "game-changing" technologies are moving from science fiction to battlefield reality – all during an age of fiscal austerity. But in wrestling with the new, we can actually learn a great deal from the past. Our forebears went through similar challenges with such once fanciful but now normal concepts as airplanes, submarines, and tanks. What are the "killer applications" of the 21st century battlefield, and in turn, what are the issues that the U.S. must navigate in adapting to them?


India, USA Expand Defense Technology Cooperation

Washington and New Delhi are expanding their defense technology cooperation. On his visit to India, President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the extension and expansion of the bilateral Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) agreement that has been in place since 2005. The DTTI will be expanded to another 10-year framework, but this time it will be focused on specific programs that both countries are interested in.


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Conduct research and development activities resulting in rapid prototyping and fielding of man-portable technologies that expand the capabilities of US forces.


The Defense Technologies Research Institute (DTRI) was established to leverage technology as a significant enabler to enhanced performance on a complex, asymmetrical battlefield. Our battle-experienced personnel provide a unique link between the current user and the private sector provider of an emerging technology. Specifically, DTRI promotes research and development of advanced man portable systems in the areas of visual augmentation, sensors, mobility equipment, communications and information assurance, and force protection by seeking to adopt, adapt, or modify existing or new technologies that provide expanded capabilities to US forces.


DTRI seeks to counter the continuously evolving set of threats within emerging battle space by:

  • Conducting a continuous assessment of relevant emerging as well as existing capabilities, linking operational needs with potential technology solutions
  • Conducting applied research and development, rapidly producing a prototype device to address a specific operational shortfall 
  • Mentoring small businesses demonstrating a capability for rapid response to emerging threats and requirements

Applied Research - Past Performance Research Efforts:

  • Computer and Network Defense
  • Digital Analysis (Cyber Forensics)
  • Network and Enterprise Risk Assessment
  • Personal Defense System Enhancement
  • Remote Explosive Detection
  • Software Verification and Validation
  • Visual Augmentation Systems
Contact Andy Zybas for more information.


Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) was federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy in 2002 and is funded in part through the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. NUARI has a national center to address cyber incident management challenges through research, training programs and technology development and has been a global leader for more than a decade in developing cyber war gaming, distributed learning technology, distributed simulation technology, critical infrastructure exercises, and cyber security curriculum.

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