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Author: Alex Ryan

Abstract: The complexity of defence systems has grown rapidly in recent years and has arguably already reached a level that challenges our human ability to understand, manage and steer the resulting highly interdependent and nonlinear defence enterprise. The next generation of defence systems must be more adaptive and agile, and must incorporate sufficient intelligence into their design to reduce the demands on human management. We can learn something about how to do this by examining naturally arising complex adaptive systems, and hence drawing insights into the research challenges defence has to address to bridge the gap between current system design practice and the evolution of future truly adaptive complex defence systems.

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