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Microsoft defense and intelligence at Pacific Future Forum 

Microsoft is pleased to be sponsoring a key event for the United Kingdom’s defense industry: The Pacific Future Forum. Delivered in partnership with HM Government and the Royal Navy, the Pacific Future Forum is one of the UK’s keynote international events of 2021. Learn more about the event and Microsoft’s participation below, and we hope...Read more

Microsoft helps defense industry embrace digital transformation 

The allied defense community relies on a strong defense industrial base (DIB) to keep armed forces at peak readiness. The DIB is charged with the research, design, production, integration, sustainment, and service of everything from microelectronics, to platforms, to air fields, to C2 systems— all to serve military and national security needs. The DIB is...Read more

Leveraging the value of our partnerships to empower Defense and Intelligence 

Microsoft has developed one of the largest technology ecosystem in the world, which provides opportunities for our partners in the defense industrial base to digitally transform and deliver mission capability. With our partners we seek to: Help securely advance missions across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace to promote stability and security for people, nations,...Read more

AI at the tactical edge for search & rescue operations 

In the 1960s, military strategist John Boyd developed the concept of OODA – Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. This combat philosophy emphasized agility over brute force: If you see more, understand better, decide faster, and react more quickly than an adversary, you likely win. Boyd died in 1997, well before anyone had heard the term “edge...Read more

Enabling defense and intelligence missions with the cloud 

The impact of COVID-19 and the increasingly complex global security environment have made one thing is clear: defense and intelligence agencies must quickly adapt to change. Forces and defense organizations need to make decisions quickly, and data is the lifeblood of every mission. One aspect of military activity that has remained consistent since ancient times:...Read more

How digital transformation is advancing Defense and Intelligence 

Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate, largely driven by exponential improvements in compute power, storage capacity, and global connectivity. These advances have ushered in a new ‘digital age’ in which data is the most valuable commodity and drives disruption across all industries—Defense and Intelligence included. As in other industries, defense customers are accelerating digital...Read more

Why Zero Trust is the right mindset for the defense and intelligence industry 

In July 2019, Kurt DelBene, Milo Medin, and Richard Murray wrote, The Road to Zero Trust (Security), for the Defense Innovation Board. In it, they stated: “…cybersecurity is at a critical juncture. Its networks are growing in size and complexity, requiring massive amounts of rapid data transfer to maintain situational awareness on the digital and...Read more

COVID-19 accelerates defense agencies adoption of new technologies 

COVID-19 has forced defense and intelligence agencies to vastly increase the use of remote work. One great example is the Pentagon, the largest employer in the United States. It enabled one million people to work remotely since the start of the pandemic. As part of its rapid response, the Pentagon created a service it calls...Read more

Why defense and intelligence organizations are embracing the commercial cloud 

People and organizations must often make decisions quickly, with incomplete information, and in military situations, this can be particularly true. The mission of the military has not changed since the time of antiquity: if you can observe, orient, decide, and act faster than your opponent, you gain an advantage. As a retired British Army officer,...Read more

How to boost readiness with intelligent solutions 

It’s one of the fundamental considerations of any defense agency; how to track the readiness of people and things. Often, this process is less than streamlined, encompassing everything from paper-and-pen checklists to enormous spreadsheets filled out by hand. Given the room for error inherent in any manual process, using artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud-enabled tools...Read more

Data sovereignty for defense 

Just like all organizations, defense agencies have a lot to gain by moving from an on-premises environment to the cloud—including more effective communications with allies and partners....Read more