30-year-old Tseng has worked in the Navy SEAL in Afghanistan and probably knows the pulsating uncertainty in a war-zone more than any common man.
A month after returning back home, Tseng joined his entrepreneurial elder brother, Ryan to launch a company named ‘Shield AI’. The first product of their venture will be distributed to SEAL teams abroad in the later part of the year. The “autonomous quadrotor’ has been designed for collecting intel inside structures and buildings. Tseng explains that these are extremely risky work environments and the aim is to enable the special operators to have a clear view of the structures before going in. This will help minimize both civilian and military casualties. The long-term goal of Shield is to bring civilian and American injuries down to nil by 2030.
Typically, it is the Defense Department that takes up the responsibility of identifying techniques and methods to resolve battlefield problems. They usually have a comprehensive list of strict requirements as well as multiple federal acquisition regulations.
However, American’s rivals have been putting together state-of-the art cutting edge technology in a way which is challenging existing military capabilities. This is why fast deployment of advanced technology such as Shield is now a critical aspect of the overall Pentagon mission.
The general word is that a startup has the liberty to create something first and be questioned later. The most successful young technology firms create their path by launching a product in the marketplace. It is after the initial launch that they begin to focus on a detailed strategy by taking into account the reaction of the users.
How Military Planning is Different
Things function differently for military strategists. A risk could mean the death of people. In order to ensure that there are no failures and that the DoD serves as a responsible Marshall of the taxpayer’s money in the U.S., there is a comprehensive system of regulations governing the right time and appropriate ways for the Pentagon to acquire fresh military gear.
The companies which have managed to navigate through the multiple regulations enforced by DoD have gained handsome profits. About 55 years ago, President Eisenhower had warned that these companies would turn into a strong military-industrial complex which is focused on protecting its own personal interests rather than innovating new technologies for national service.