Overview of Biotechnology Futures: Possible Applications to Land Force Development
DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION SALISBURY (AUSTRALIA) SYSTEMS SCIENCES LAB
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This review of selected scientific and technological advances occurring in the field of biotechnology discusses their possible impact for Land Force capability development in the next decade or two. Some studies suggest that the socio-technical impact of biotechnology may surpass that of the Information Revolution, and it could become a major force in the 21st Century. Its synergy with nanotechnology, materials and information technology has led to the development of new and revolutionary applications that are likely to be adopted in agriculture, health, environmental applications, manufacturing industries, and by the military. The implication of this technological impact has raised complex social, political and legal issues all of which will impact to some degree on the future Land Forces and their operational environment. This report discusses these issues both in relation to how they may affect society and hence future contexts, and their pertinence to the future military in terms of direct application of these technologies.
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