Podcast episode 27, 17th September 2020 - This week SUT CEO Steve Hall interviews David Strachan, who writes as Strikepod - see https://www.strikepod.com He's an author specialising in imagining future scenarios where rival autonomous systems engage in conflict in the underwater battlespace in various ways - not just combat, but by attaching themselves to seabed infrastructure, injecting payloads such as viruses into subsea digital systems, deliberately shutting down pipelines or opening valves, even attaching themselves to the anechoic stealthy coating of submarines to hitch a ride and transmit position to friendly forces at an opportune time. Publications include the well-regarded 'Operation Indigo Spear and the Second Tanker War of 2022'
Some of the technologies we talk are still in the future, but others are not (even micro-nuclear power plants) and what David writes is eagerly read by professional defence analysts, military personnel, and presumably by potential opponents. All of us who work in underwater technology need to be aware of these forthcoming technologies - they'll change the way we work, and the way our nations might need to fight.
To feature in a future podcast contact Steve at [email protected], find out more about Sut at SUT.org. My thanks to Emily Boddy for podcast artwork and for composing and performing the podcast theme music.
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