Munich Technology helped to win the war in Iraq, as you correctly point out in "The doctrine of digital war" (Cover Story, Apr. 7). More important, though, it will also help win the peace. We all need to be aware that advances in digital communications, security, tracking, and monitoring systems are becoming the bulwark for a safer world.
These new systems allow us to communicate with each other more easily and effectively across streets, nations, oceans, and continents -- and better communications are to everyone's benefit. Beyond this, new technologies will help track, control, and apprehend those who would want to destabilize governments and cultures everywhere. Many governments are already leveraging these weapons of peace. More will do so in the future.
There are those who will question whether these new technologies will be deployed at the expense of personal liberties that most Europeans and Americans treasure. It's a fair question. Governments will need to strike the right balance, but they can and they must. Enhanced security doesn't need to devour personal liberty. It only needs to ensure it. It can, and it will.
Alex Mandl, CEO