Tom Keane at the Department of Defense

Today, national security is a major concern. Tom Keane is a software developer and engineer at Microsoft in charge of security projects at Microsoft. America is fighting the war against terrorism with all the world’s eyes on it. One small factor in this struggle is commercial innovation and the development of new technology that can be leveraged very easily for military purposes. 


This issue has been the focus of the United States Department of Defense for quite some time as Tom Keane explains. The pace of commercial innovation has been, by many measures, exceeding that of the Department of Defense and its ability to keep up. That pace is accelerating in several key areas of national security: semiconductor technology, software technology, and artificial intelligence. 


The Department of Defense must pay more attention to these three emerging technologies as it seeks applications for them in defense-related areas. Tom Keane, the president of Microelectronics Technology and Systems Solutions, writes about the importance of innovative trailblazers driving growth in new technologies and markets. 


The software developer states that costs from semiconductor manufacturing processes have been dropping consistently for decades, even as product performance has risen. Such increases in computing power, reliability, memory, and other attributes have set the stage for numerous disruptive innovations. The software developer Tom Keane explains how this programs and service development at Microsoft are always through cut edge technology.

Azure, Microsoft’s cloud business, is a prime example and the driver of several new “aspects” of computing expected to provide significant innovation for business and society. Microsoft fully understands the importance of this technology to its success. Various companies in the industry are already applying it for military purposes. Tom Keane finally states how breakthroughs in artificial intelligence now support systems that can recognize faces and images, translate texts, converse with people, or even drive cars. This major step toward artificial intelligence will lead to greater innovation.