The important technology areas

ABOUT The important technology areas

The important technology areas to defend our nation at all time (hereinafter referred to as the important technology areas) are determined in this guideline. Over the next 10 years and further ahead, the important technology areas include both the technology areas that should be acquired through JMOD's own investments and the technology areas to be acquired under the cooperation between the public and private sector in order to ensure technological superiority in the future to acquire advanced capabilities ahead of other countries. In addition, for the important technology areas that lead to accelerated delivery of functions and equipment, JMOD will introduce them in a timely manner for reinforcement of the defense capability.

The important technology areas

Automation and Autonomy to prevent damage and the workload of warfighters and civilians

The most important element to defend our nation at all times is people. Under the circumstances where the population declines, especially the productive-age population declines, localizing the burden and damage is extremely important to defend our nation at all times. Also, under the circumstances where the boundaries between the defense emergencies and gray zones and the peacetime become blurred, localizing incidental impacts on other than SDF personnel also become important in new activities. These functions and capabilities are important to gain superiority not only in the physical domain but also in the information and cognitive domains.

Utilization of unused platforms

The conventional platforms, such as vehicles, vessels, and aircraft, are expected to continue to play an important role in high-intensity activities. On the other hand, there is a strong possibility that the conventional platforms will not be useful in new activities where the conventional norm may no longer be available due to utilization of various technologies or other reasons. In order to defend our nation at all times even in these new activities, we need to think outside the box of platforms.

Utilization of unused energy

Various types of energy play an important role in various aspects, such as by being the source of all kinds of activities and having an effect by projecting energy directly at an opponent. In particular, for a source of power for unmanned aerial vehicles and as a means of having new effects, as typified by high-power lasers, it is necessary to consider the utilization of technology in a different way than extensions of conventional ones.

New functional materials and manufacturing method

When acquiring materials and new manufacturing means that achieve functions and capabilities that go beyond the norm of the past, it is also necessary to fundamentally strengthen equipment and capabilities of JMOD/JSDF.

Faster and more accurate Sensing

Sensing technologies to obtain information are fundamental functions and capabilities to perform various activities. Faster and more accurate sensing leads to more effective and efficient activities. These functions and capabilities are important to gain superiority not only in the information domain but also in the cognitive domain.

Advanced computing that instantly processes vast amounts of information

The shift to operational fields based on information and IoT* has made it is necessary to handle a vast amount of information in the operational fields, which has not previously been unforeseen, but an excessive amount of information can, in some cases, confuse the SDF personnel in the fields. To avoid this, functions and capabilities are also needed to process a vast amount of information instantly and put it into a form that is easily understood by SDF personnel. To this end, it is necessary not only to wait for the gradual improvement in capability of conventional computers, but also to create new information processing and computing technologies or other means. These functions and capabilities are important to gain superiority not only in the information domain but also in the cognitive domain.
* IoT: Internet of Things A state where all things are connected to a network and can exchange information etc. with one another.

Visualization of invisible things (such as distant objects, electromagnetic waves, and the decision-making process of SDF personnel)

Until now, JMOD/JSDF has visualized the circumstances in and around Japan through various activities and the utilization of various assets, but it has been common knowledge that the scope of such visualization is limited to the area covered by radar and other intelligence-gathering assets or to places that can be directly reached.
If we can go beyond these limits and visualize previously unseen areas, such as objects on the other side of the earth, invisible electromagnetic waves, and even the decision-making process of SDF personnel, we can advance our capability "To know the enemy and know yourself.” These functions and capabilities are important to gain superiority not only in the information domain but also in the cognitive domain.

Capabilities that make virtual / imaginary information as real things

Even if a vast amount of information is obtained, it cannot be utilized if it is not well communicated to the commander or others. Information can also be useful or a confusing element, depending on how it is communicated. Information is only effective when it is accurately understood by the commander and others who receive it.
From this perspective, it is necessary for us to show all kinds of information, including invisible information, to ourselves in a form that is easy to recognize, and to show various kinds of information, including fictitious information, to the opponents in a form that is convenient for us, in order to mislead their observation activities of the situation and to confuse their behavior, in terms of ensuring our superiority. These functions and capabilities are important to gain superiority not only in the information domain but also in the cognitive domain.

Forecasting our future to enhance recognition capability beforehand

If we can acquire a large amount of information about now and visualize it to a high degree with a high degree of accuracy, we should be able to utilize advanced information-related technologies and use the information to predict the future with a high degree of accuracy.
If we can predict the future for us and the opponents, we can prepare for future activities by developing our advantages, compensating for our disadvantages, and securing the resources needed to respond, all in advance of future activities. In addition, if the future of the opponents can be predicted, it will be possible to take preemptive action, such as by exploiting the opponents’ disadvantages and avoiding the opponents’ advantages. These functions and capabilities are important to gain superiority not only in the information domain but also in the cognitive domain.

Network that enables to connect anywhere, anytime, anyone as we like

Information obtained in operational fields cannot be used effectively unless it is shared promptly and accurately not only within a single organization but also throughout JMOD/JSDF.
Although a network connecting required personnel has been established, it is necessary to further expand the network as a surface and create an environment where all personnel can be safely connected to anyone, anytime, anywhere, as needed.

More effective and efficient cyber defense capabilities

Attacks in cyberspace can be carried out from any route, by any means, and at any time, requiring a continuous response at all times. On the other hand, if everything needs to be handled manually, it will require an enormous amount of resources and burdens upon personnel.
To avoid this, it is necessary to achieve the capability to defend as efficiently and effectively as possible against cyberattacks carried out from any route, by any means, and anytime.

Reinforcement of warfighter’s cognitive capability

For activities in the cognitive domain, it is necessary to increase our superiority by increasing our cognitive capability and by decreasing the opponent's cognitive capability. To this end, it is necessary to reinforce the cognitive capability of each member, particularly commanders and staff members who act as the center of the cognitive domain.