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Augmented Reality - Reality for the SAF
Augmented Reality - Reality for the SAF
Singapore Armed ForcesSEPT
Journals, Magazines
Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that can benefit the training community by improving not only the competencies of already skilled personnel, but also that of trainees who may lack knowledge and experience. Popularised by Pokémon GO, it is one of the technologies that have been identified t...
Is Carl Von Clausewitz Still Relevant in The 21st Century?
Is Carl Von Clausewitz Still Relevant in The 21st Century?
Singapore Armed ForcesSEP
Journals, Magazines
The author highlights that many contemporary military strategists and practitioners value the philosophiescontained in Carl Von Clausewitz’s classic On War and its relevance to present day conflict. On the other hand, thereare also speculation and debates over Clausewitz’s relevance to contempora...
Maritime Sense-Making and The Role of Big Data Analytics For Enhancing Maritime Security
Maritime Sense-Making and The Role of Big Data Analytics For Enhancing Maritime Security
Singapore Armed ForcesSEP
Journals, Magazines
In this essay, the authors first examined the imperative of maritime sense-making in Singapore’s context. Despite its importance, maritime sense-making is not a topic that has been discussed robustly before. Therefore, the authors sought to elaborate what maritime sense-making entails, and how it...
Fighting Fire With Fire — Using Hybrid Solutions Against a Hybrid Enemy
Fighting Fire With Fire — Using Hybrid Solutions Against a Hybrid Enemy
Singapore Armed ForcesOCT
Journals, Magazines
According to the author, hybrid entities are state-sponsored groups which possess training, discipline and equipment, like state militaries. Where these groups lack high end equipment (e.g. tanks, aircraft), they compensate with asymmetric tactics of operating in urban environment and exploiting ...
Threat Assessments And How They Can Become Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
Threat Assessments And How They Can Become Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
Singapore Armed ForcesOCT
Journals, Magazines
In this essay, the author feels that threat assessments are the foundation of a state's national security policy. To explain how threat assessments become self-fulfilling prophecies, he has organised the essay into five parts. In the first part, the author highlights the features of threat assess...
Reducing Uncertainty A Quick Introduction to Military Intelligence
Reducing Uncertainty A Quick Introduction to Military Intelligence
Singapore Armed ForcesNOVE
Journals, Magazines
Military intelligence has always held an aura of secrecy and mystery. The success or failure of operations, and the nature of campaigns, hinges on commanders’ decisions, which are in turn guided by intelligence. For those who work ‘behind the curtain’, it has always been a tremendous challenge to...
Hanging By A Thread: Our Connection To War
Hanging By A Thread: Our Connection To War
Singapore Armed ForcesNOV
Journals, Magazines
According to the author, autonomous technology is increasingly adopted by the various military forces around the world. In fact, there is a wide proliferation of robots which are being used to replace humans for many tasks, even in the battlefield. However, the author feels that the adoption of a...
New Wars: Same Old Goals
New Wars: Same Old Goals
Singapore Armed ForcesMAR
Journals, Magazines
In this essay, the author cites Mary Kaldor1, who argues that armed conflicts in the post-Cold War era is fundamentally different from traditional Clausewitzian interstate conflicts. Unlike old wars, which were fought between state-controlled militaries for geopolitical and ideological reasons, '...
The Prohibition and Control of Autonomous Weapons Systems in Future Warfare
The Prohibition and Control of Autonomous Weapons Systems in Future Warfare
Singapore Armed ForcesMAR
Journals, Magazines
In this essay, the author argues that currently, while there are limitations in Artificial Intelligence (AI) decision-making, it is too late to prohibit the use of autonomous technologies for future warfare. This is due to the potential of Autonomous Weapons Systems (AWS) as the next Revolution i...
The impact of low-level aerial photography in imagery intelligence during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962
The impact of low-level aerial photography in imagery intelligence during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962
Singapore Armed ForcesJULY
Journals, Magazines
This essay sets out to establish lessons learnt from Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) during the Cuban Missile Crisis. One is the significant impact of IMINT on the strategic decisions behind the blockade on Cuba as well as the planning of eventual air strikes. The author also highlights that this im...
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