News Response #6

Article Discussed: The Future of War May Be Virtual 


The plan of the U.S. Department of Defense to adopt augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) into training systems has been revealed. With AR and MR utilized in the military training system, troops can simulate using advanced weapons, implement new military strategies, and be drilled to do risk-bearing jumps from fighter planes. It is expected that the U.S. spends about $14 billion a year for only synthetic digital training according to a brief statement, sponsored by Samsung and Fedscoop, a main tech brand in the federal government market. Furthermore, experts say that around $11 million will be invested on virtual reality training systems by 2022.

Such a plan is a result of reflecting the groundbreaking progress of deep-tech technology. Also, the development of mobile technology will enrich military innovation with ‘cloud-shared content.’ Troops can be trained anywhere if present with simulators on mobile devices in which VR gear is installed.

I have heard from some of my acquaintances working at tech startups that the industry of deep-tech technology has faced the problem of technique commercialization. In this circumstance, the U.S. military’s incorporation of AR and MR into training programs seems to promote prospering with the virtual reality market. On the other hand, considering that other countries, such as South Korea, China, and UK, have already used VR-included military tactics, it might be a result of having been aware of these countries or of following the current trend. In addition, my homeland South Korea has regularly participated in joint Republic of Korea armed forces(ROK)-U.S. military exercises. It looks interesting to see whether we can see the joint military drill conducted with the mobile VR gear in the next several years.