Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) Embraces Digital Tech and AI

January 2022

Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) is looking at deploying digital technologies and AI as a means to improve the quality of its operational platforms. Such tools can also be applied to weapon systems and command posts. Most notably, the DSTA is investigating how digital twin technology can be used to help test new military systems by potentially creating a virtual copy of a command post where military forces are controlled and organized.

DSTA is also collaborating with external organizations such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory to help shape the new digital tools, including the development of AI algorithms to tackle disinformation. The organization continues to seek more tie-ups with the academic and private sectors, including those with experience in AI, 3D modeling and gaming.

In addition, DSTA is also looking at how technology can lessen the impact of the pandemic on Singapore’s armed forces. One area where digital technologies can be used is enabling soldiers to continue training by using simulators and VR/AR technology. This would allow training to continue and also avoid the health risks of gathering in large groups.

(Source: Defence Science and Technology Agency)

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