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The Military Metaverse

What is the Military Metaverse?

The Military Metaverse is the convergence of Armed Forces' virtual worlds, digital functions and physical operations into a single, augmented, scalable, persistent, interoperable and secure synthetic environment that can be used 24/7 to inform recruitment, procurement, training, R&D and mission ops, delivering next-gen immersive experiences and effective decision support.

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Global Security

The global security landscape is reaching its competitive peak, calling for Western militaries to accelerate their digital modernisation efforts, enhance their battle readiness and rapidly respond to threats, both above and below the casus belli threshold.

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Costs

Rising costs and tight budgets are forcing militaries to cut edges and find more cost-effective ways to delivery frequent and impactful training, learning and development opportunities and day-to-day support to their soldiers, sailors and pilots.

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Technology

The essential technologies required for the Military Metaverse, including augmented and virtual reality, head-mounted displays, 3D simulations, and virtual environments created using artificial intelligence, are already present in the defence industry.

The Current State of Transformation

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Technological Advancements:

Metaverse-related ideas are already part of some of the latest military systems. F-35 fighter jets, for example use helmets with a heads-up display that includes an augmented reality view of telemetry data and target information on top of video footage from around the aircraft.


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Programmes:

In the UK, programmes such as the British Army’s CTTP , MCAST and the Royal Air Force GLADIATOR Programme, are demonstrating the need for next-generation technology to support the creation and optimisation of complex synthetic training environments (STE) and meet the modern threat profile.

Challenges


Conceptual:

There are no simple means of determining which training is the most cost-effective, nor is there an economy where various training systems compete and react promptly to demand. Moreover users are unable to transfer a digital twin of their performance, along with their record, from one simulation to another making it difficult to develop a full view of performance.

       

Technical:

The majority of current training and digital systems in the Armed Forces were not developed with interoperability in mind. The lack of open architectures limits their potential to collectively deliver more meaningful information to the end user and drive faster processes, more impactful training outcomes or safe mission completion.

Requirements of the Military Metaverse:

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Scalability

Military Metaverse can power large-scale multi-domain and multi-national knowledge-sharing and operations, while vastly increasing efficiency in the procurement and processing of data, shared by geographically disparate users across the domains.

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Interoperability

Linking novel and legacy systems together will unlock newfound synergies between currently siloed applications and create a platform for continuous innovation, upgrading, and composability.

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Security

Secure by design, a Military Metaverse can exploit encrypted, future-proof blockchain technologies to regulate transfers of data and fortify against cyber threats.

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