A confluence of technology shifts is placing immense strain on the defense network infrastructure. Along with the adoption of the network-centric warfare doctrine, we are seeing the introduction of innovative technologies such as 5G, cloud, AI, and drones.
Defense forces need to modernize their WAN to move data at speed and scale for competitive advantage and increased efficiency. While IP/MPLS is the obvious choice to provide secure communications with its resiliency, multiservice support and rich QoS, the WAN also needs to harness the power of automation for high network agility and efficiency in order to support the new innovations being adopted by the Defense sector. This paper discusses the use cases and benefits of introducing network automation in Defense WANs.