Essay about Modern Defense Technologies and their Impact on Society
As a veteran of the Air Force I’ve had a chance to both witness and work with some of these technologies that I will be discussing throughout this paper. I had a chance to be trained for using a CMOS based program for planning loads on aircraft. The program was very user friendly and fast. This program handled the mathematical part of loading planes such as weight, size, and balance capacities. It also served as logistical database for tracking what cargo increments would be deployed, where they needed to go, when they could be expected to leave, and the estimated time of arrival at the destination. I was also trained on how to plan loads on paper with both graphical …show more content…
This same logistical system, which was originally developed as a nation defense tool, has also been used in many humanitarian missions. It has helped to deliver food and other needed relief supplies to many areas of the world in times of crisis and natural disaster. These are times when speed is a critical factor. Some of the militaries largest and best cargo aircraft have also played a key role in these missions.
These aircraft are a direct result of technological research and advancement. Even some of the older aircraft in the defense inventory have simply been retrofitted and adapted to achieve many of the goals, which a defense aircraft needs to be capable of meeting in this day and age. This is also a great way of saving the taxpayers some money. Most of the military fighter and bomber aircraft would be virtually impossible to fly without the use of the onboard computer systems. These aircraft are what they call “fly by wire” aircraft. The pilots are guiding the aircraft but the computer systems are actually fine tuning the whole process and giving the steer commands to the appropriate systems. The computer system is also getting various input from sensors throughout the aircraft. This sort of “fly by wire” technology is especially prevalent in the new stealth type aircraft, which have very