This week at AFCEA West in San Diego, technology advancements were everywhere we looked. One thing that was incredibly apparent was the prevalence of data. We noticed that the amount of collected data, how much data commanders have access to and how fast they need to analyze that data were all mission critical to success.

Chris Stalzer, principal, Mil/DoD liaison at Juggernaut.Case, said the “immediacy that information needs to get out to commanders and the people controlling a mission in the war room” is driving innovation.

And as we’ve seen with other industries, commercial technology is also pushing the innovation envelope.

“As consumers start to consume technology and use it to figure out new ways to do things, the government, with a very long procurement cycle, is trying to figure out how they can do [work] faster,” says Josh Dixon, senior product manager, emerging products at Samsung Electronics America.

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