Most Critical Industries: Information Arms Race is Key to National Defense

The term “arms race” has become shorthand for any sort of contest of capabilities, but the phrase of course originally referred to military weaponry – swords, ships, aircraft or missiles, for example. Whenever a weapon emerged, all parties rushed to gain an advantage in firepower. The arms race, as they say, was on. Today it can refer to coaching salaries or campaign fundraising or any number of competitive circumstances, but its roots are in warfare.

Weapons have evolved over the centuries, but the arms race in one area has remained unchanged: Information decides more battles than any bomb or warship. Whether it’s intel on troop movements, supply lines, weather patterns, code breaking or any of a thousand different pieces of information influencing battlefield decisions, the ability to acquire, analyze and act on data is critical to winning a war.

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