One divide in the United States is becoming increasingly clear — the split between those who can remember their first encounter with digital technology and those who cannot. For the latter group, often known as “digital natives,” the Information Age isn’t emerging, it just is. (And by the way, they don’t refer to it as the “Information Age.”) Digital natives have a unique perspective and inherent expertise with digital technology, and the U.S. military should harness their skills to tackle the challenges of the future.
Unlike other inventions to which recent technological advancements are often compared, such as airpower, artillery, or portable firearms, the internet is accessed by a majority of the world population on a constant basis. And the Department of Defense is no exception to this evolution.
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