The United States’ Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is collaborating with Microsoft to explore how commercial technologies like edge computing can be applied to challenges facing the US Navy and Marine Corps.
Nestled in California’s Silicon Valley, NPS provides graduate education on classified studies with the purpose of advancing the warfighting effectiveness of the US Navy.
Microsoft will become the school’s latest corporate partner, alongside companies such as Apple, AT&T, and Hewlett Packard, in supporting the integration of new technologies that transform how the Navy trains and deploys its forces.
Having signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), US government research facilities will be able to collaborate and conduct joint research with Microsoft.
Jason Zander, executive vice president of Microsoft, said: “This initiative with the Naval Postgraduate School will provide a remarkable opportunity for us to work shoulder to shoulder with our nation’s brightest leaders and service members and help them solve the complex challenges they face.”
First on the collaborative agenda is to establish an innovation lab at the NPS Monterey campus with integrated NPS and Microsoft teams.
One of the labs major research topics will be taking intelligent edge computing solutions and cloud-based networks and applying them to use cases that benefit the Navy and Marines.
The partnership will also explore how gaming and simulation can be harnessed to sharpen the decision-making of commanders as well as enhancing distance learning through a worldwide NPS “smart campus”.
Vice Admiral Ann E. Rondeau, the president of NPS, said: “The type of cutting-edge research which will be enabled by this partnership is something that can only happen at NPS… With this agreement, we look forward to working with our colleagues at Microsoft in an effort to find solutions to all of the challenges facing our fleet and force, now and in the future.”
Edge computing advances have been finding their way into military use cases for some time now. By accelerating response times to incidents, emerging applications through networking and AI are making the previously impossible achievable.
Remotely located troops can access information with little connectivity. Soldiers in combat can gain real-time, actionable insights to turn the tide of conflicts. Drones can operate at huge distances with nimble accuracy and at astounding speeds.
The latest NPS partnership with Microsoft will be eager to further bolster the US Department of Defence’s growing edge portfolio.
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