The role of military bases, and the way they project national power, appears to be changing. In the past, bases provided staging grounds for military actions, serving as safe havens against threats and helping defend critical territory.
Increasingly, however, bases are part of multi-domain battlespaces—both physical and cyber. New tasks generally essential to modern military operations—such as resupplying forces on the move with exactly what they need and repairing critical components before they fail—tend to require huge volumes of data be stored, analyzed, and viewed in a single place.
By harnessing the advanced digital platforms now emerging in smart cities, the modern smart base can be that place. Smart bases, even those far from the front, should be effective and efficient to support emerging missions.