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Internet of Military Things – Thematic Research

The Internet of Things (IoT) in the defense industry, also known as the Internet of Military Things (IoMT) or Internet of Battlefield Things (IoBT), is the effort to develop interconnected entities that will be able to carry out multiple military and security tasks or missions.

This thematic research report takes an in-depth look at the theme of IoMT and the impact it has on the industry. The report explores the main trends surrounding the theme and reveals real-life use cases of the technology. Additionally, the report highlights the companies that are making their mark within the IoMT theme.

“The ability to further connect currently scattered systems or networks into a larger integrated network will further revolutionize the tempo of operations in a number of ways. Among other things, it will reduce the time required between collecting and analyzing intelligence, planning an operation, executing it, securing the objective and restarting the sequence. That sequence does not only include front-line forces, but the entire military organization, including logistics, support, and staff units.” – Stelios Kanavakis,  Land Systems Market Lead, GlobalData


The main trends in the IoMT over the next 12 to 24 months are highlighted. We classify these trends into three categories: technology trends, regulatory trends, and macroeconomic trends.

The report includes an insightful industry analysis of the IoT and key use cases highlighting how armed forces around the world have started working on the development and implementation of the technology.

We highlight companies impacted by the theme, including Boeing and BAE Systems.

This report is part of our ecosystem of thematic investment research reports, supported by our “thematic engine”.

Key Highlights

IoMT is an enabler that will revolutionize the collection, analysis and flow of information, and thereby decision-making, as well as supporting a more intelligent interaction between humans, networks, and interfaces in an increasingly dynamic battlespace.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) developed IoMT to enable such capabilities as part of the Third Offset Strategy. This strategy was conceived in an effort to develop and use disruptive technologies that would maintain US military supremacy against the growing capabilities employed by major competitors (e.g. China and Russia), which have a strong physical presence on the internet and have shown willingness to perpetrate cyberattacks.

Armed Forces around the world, and especially in the US, have only recently started the implementation of studies that will help them understand the extent to which the full spectrum of IoMT can improve their joint capabilities and processes, and how they would upgrade their current systems and acquire new ones

Reasons to Buy

Our thematic investment research product, supported by our thematic engine, is aimed at senior (C-Suite) executives in the corporate world as well as institutional investors.

Whilst most investment research is underpinned by backwards looking company valuation models, GlobalData’s thematic methodology identifies which companies are best placed to succeed in a future filled with multiple disruptive threats.

Helps CEOs in the defense sectors understand the disruptive threats to their competitive landscape

Companies Mentioned

Northrop Grumman


Lockheed Martin


BAE Systems

L3 Harris



Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Technology trends

Macroeconomic trends


Market size and growth forecasts

Current and future IoMT key use case

Mergers and acquisitions




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