Nations which are able to perfect a holistic approach to technological deterrents will make themselves the hardest targets for enemies to strike, according to a new report released by QinetiQ during DSEI.

The report found that superior technologies, deployable with powerful and immediate effect, and exploiting them to their fullest potential will be critical for gaining future competitive advantage. It added that owning the most advanced technology would not be enough to secure a competitive advantage in today’s geopolitical environment. To seize the technological advantage, the way in which the technology is used would be just as important as what it does.

Effective exploitation of technology “powerful deterrent in its own right”

Effective exploitation of technology is a powerful deterrent in its own right, according to QinetiQ’s report. It provides recommendations on how nations can exploit technology more effectively to make themselves the hardest target for adversaries to strike; being superior to the adversary in understanding the threat environment, being more innovative in the application of technology and acting and reacting faster.

The report will address the challenges and look at technologies and other factors that will transform defence over the next decade and beyond to 2040. Download a copy at

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