Gazing Ahead: What Modern RF Combat Looks Like in the Next Decade


Imagine robotic tanks that maneuver themselves across desert terrain, avoiding landmines; drones with enough artificial intelligence to carry out strikes without human operators, and next-generation uniforms to monitor soldiers’ heart rates and hydration levels… or provide early warning alarms for chemical attacks. If you Google the Internet of Things, you only find the attacks on it. Imagine how much more challenging it would be in an actual battlefield, where adversaries want to attack the battlefield as opposed to a hacker in a home who just wants to have fun. The 21st-century technology boom can give armies a strategic advantage for high-tech warfare but Can technology make war safer?

The vision of a connected battlefield, where Soldiers interface with a myriad of sensors (IoT), weapons systems, and support services, and adapt the information to gain situational awareness and force superiority introduces a new series of threats at a scale greater than any other time in history. Each connected device now becomes a target for the adversary, and a chance to exploit weaknesses in not only the devices themselves but also the networks interconnecting the devices. This concept of “IoT in Defense” is still relatively new and therefore it’s only scratching the surface of the many potential applications.

This session aims to introduce attendees to the concepts of IoBT, the convergence of Cyber-EW, Jamming, RF-based counter-drone solutions, emerging tools of cyber-reconnaissance, and ISR&T RF focused case studies.

Location: Track 1 Date: August 26, 2021 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Harshit Agrawal