Lockheed Martin Corp. Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $12,778,561 modification (P00008) to contract FA8650-19-C-9314 for Defense Experimentation Using Commercial Space Internet (DEUCSI) Call 002. This modification is to exercise Options 2, 3, and 4 for hardware and software integration and additional flight tests. This modification also revises the previously exercised Option 1, specifically identifying the F-35 as the required aircraft for the first flight test. Work will be performed at locations throughout the continental U.S. and is expected to be completed Jan. 31, 2023. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,150,107 are being obligated at the time of award.
Within the next decade or two, technological advances may revolutionize the Internet, creating an environment that is secure for all, provides more power to the people and offers an immersive, virtual reality experience as a part of daily life, according to a recent study of strategic foresight.
The study was completed this summer by the TechCast Project, a virtual think tank that focuses on strategic forecasting. The project was founded by William Halal, professor emeritus of management, technology, and innovation at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
China’s global moves to gain technological hegemony over 5G and reshape the Internet to suit its own needs offer the potential to give the Middle Kingdom control over the telecommunications market and information itself. At the very least, it would achieve market dominance. But at most, it would control both the nature of the Internet and the information that flows through it, say Internet experts.
Last of a multipart series.
The success of China’s foray into Internet control ultimately may be determined by the growth of the Internet itself, according to an Internet expert. While China seeks economic benefit from having its prime technology companies become the providers of choice for Internet customers, it also looks forward to being able to control Internet use outside of its borders. The ongoing evolution of the Internet, particularly its spread into a growing number of devices, may be China’s best asset for realizing its aims.
First of a multipart series.
The next-generation Internet proposed by Huawei and supported by the Chinese government would provide a platform for revolutionary capabilities while implementing repressive measures that would eliminate today’s open communication. At worst, it would place control of Internet content in the hands of a few masters. But even if it does not subsume the entire Internet, it would cripple the interoperability that has characterized the network’s value as an economic growth engine by creating separate and unequal Internets.