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BAE Systems survey finds multi-domain integration remains a hurdle for modern defence forces

17th October 2023 - 08:00 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London

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The dream: Full integration from deep space to deep sea. (Image: RAAF/BAE Systems)

Multi-domain integration (MDI) – communicating and operating across services, nations and systems – has been noted as a core challenge for defence forces despite a number of technological and cultural solutions existing.

A survey released today by BAE Systems, where 400 senior business and IT decision-makers from military and private industry defence and aerospace organisations were interviewed, has highlighted the widespread acknowledgement of the challenge of multi-domain integration (MDI). Unsurprisingly, 91% of respondents viewed MDI ‘as difficult but essential’.

Survey respondents said ‘the speed of change of technological advancements (53%) and conventional war in Europe (41%) [have added] pressure to evolve defence technology strategy’.

Eighty-three percent of respondents said better MDI would reduce uncertainty and volatility, while 86% agreed that future wars would be fought in an ‘information battlespace’.

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Damian Kemp

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Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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