Australian companies, researchers and academics are being pushed by the Australian Government to embrace the fourth industrial revolution. The effect of this push will change the way of preparing for and waging war, as the definition and characteristics of warfare will be changed by the adoption of new technologies, such as robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality systems, and additive manufacturing.

This monograph outlines the fourth industrial revolution and discusses how best to leverage off these continually changing innovations through experimentation, prototyping and a hyper-connected defence-industry-academia ecosystem.