CUTTING RED TAPE
Officers from the Army Cyber Institute at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., demonstrate taking down a drone with a Cyber Capability Rifle, Oct. 12 at the 2015 Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Officers from the Army Cyber Institute at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., demonstrate taking down a drone with a Cyber Capability Rifle, Oct. 12 at the 2015 Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Army photo by Bill Roche

21st Century Enemies Require Asymmetric Responses

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In a room filled with defense giants, three Army captains demonstrated a technology developed just weeks before the Association of the United States Army annual conference. The tool — a Cyber Capability Rifle — can remotely disable an overhead unmanned aerial vehicle, and it only cost $150 to develop.

With insurgents utilizing asymmetric warfare and employing asymmetric tools, the red tape faced by the United States in fielding new and necessary technologies to combat enemies is a hindrance to mission success.

Captains Brent Chapman, Matt Hutchison, and Erick Waage argue that in order to be prepared to operate across a range of operations, the Army needs to complement traditional acquisitions with an asymmetric process to empower and enable creativity and innovation on a tactical level.

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