After the NATO Trident Juncture exercise in Norway, secretary general Jens Stoltenberg pointed out that NATO countries’ vehicles breakdown significantly more often in the chilly Norwegian climate than usual. The problem was resolved by 3D printing spare parts. “This type of technology can change how we protect our troops and implement our operations,” says Jens Stoltenberg.
At the same time a report, commissioned by the US Congress, showed that the US is losing its advantage as, primarily, China benefits from its fast-growing technology industry which is used to develop new forms of warfare. In the US, the private sector is now investing significantly more in advanced new technology than the state and the state has less access to the latest technology while in China, the opposite is true.
In Sweden, head of press for the Armed Forces, Philip Simon, says, “We are also going to need to benefit from the civil technological development to increase operational capacity. Not least within areas such as cyber and AI.”
Saab’s CEO Håkan Buske also believes big changes are needed in Sweden. “The defence industry is facing a paradigm shift. More cooperation on the civil side and new forms of cooperation are needed, otherwise we cannot keep up.” He points out that some work is already underway. Via Combient, Saab is cooperating with other companies in the Wallenberg sphere with digitalisation.
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