Magazine article National Defense

Effects of Technology Explosion Promising, Unknown

Magazine article National Defense

Effects of Technology Explosion Promising, Unknown

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One of the nation's top military leaders, now retired, believes the ramifications of the current,evolution in technology are unknown to most of us.

Adm. William A. Owens, USN (Ret.), former vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and now the vice chairman of the board, president, and chief operating officer of Science Applications International Corporation, San Diego, is excited about what technology promises for the medical community.

"I doubt most of us realize how exciting this is. It's a whole range of things, not just computers and computer software," he said.

Bandwith-the amount of room on wires that allows information to be transferred-is an area that holds great promise, said Adm. Owens. "There is $2 trillion worth of infrastructure being invested [worldwide] when the Defense Department has no money for investment. Fiber is going all around Africa, as well as the Mediterranean. From all around the world, multiple layers of fiber are being laid across the Atlantic," he added.

The global infrastructure investment includes fiber satellite communications. Soon, ships and airplanes anywhere in the world will be able to speak to each other. "I never thought that would ha open in my lifetime," Adm. Owens said, By the dawn of the next century, he expects cellular phones to contain two megabytes of bandwith, more than the average 3.5 inch computer disk.

He cited families in Singapore, spread between five different houses, who will be able to communicate video images in real time through T3 lines. …

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