Innovation and Creativity in Cyber Defense


By Kevin Coleman -- Defense Tech Cyberwarfare Correspondent

Technology plays a significant role in our military defenses as well as our intelligence collection and analysis. This is the case not just in the hybrid cyber domain, but also in traditional military conflict.  Universities around the world are conducting cutting edge research that will evolve and set the stage for the next technological breakthrough. Companies ranging from the very large multi-billion dollar firms to start-ups are busy creating the next generation of weapons and intelligence systems with untold capabilities that cut across all five domains of conflict. These companies must inspire their designers and engineers to:

  • Generate new ideas, products, methods and processes
  • Leverage models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues
  • Recognize meaningful trends and forecast possibilities –that create a vision of the future
I was asked if technology innovation and creativity should be a national priority given their importance to the economy and national security; the answer is without question YES! Where will this innovation come from? It is anyone’s guess at this point. The top five most innovative countries are listed below.
  1. United States
  2. Singapore
  3. Finland
  4. Israel
  5. South Korea
The United States faces a huge challenge with cyber in particular. In order to achieve the level of innovation and creativity needed today we must give our designers and engineers permission to fail sometimes. This runs counter to our current management philosophy. Without this permission, designers and engineers will play it safe and we will not see the breakthroughs necessary for revolutionizing our economy and for the United States to stay #1.


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