Robert Work, Frank Kendall: DoD Aims to Innovate with Commercial Sector Through BBP 3.0

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Robert Work
Robert Work

The Defense Department is looking to increase the agency’s collaboration with industry under the Better Buying Power 3.0 program in order to capture the latest technologies for the U.S. military, DoD News reported Thursday.

Jim Garamone writes Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and DoD acquisition chief Frank Kendall have said they consider the private sector as a source of platforms to aid future defense missions.

“We want to identify the weapons, in the systems in the force today, that we can use in more innovative ways, and we’re looking for these promising technologies that we can pull forward,” Work said Thursday.

Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall

Kendall noted at the same press conference that DOD needs to obtain the necessary funds to sustain research and development efforts and help the military gain a technological edge.

He also told reporters the BBP 3.0 initiative calls on the agency to adapt to multiple threats, including cybersecurity risks.

The effort “includes the industrial base that supports us and their databases and their information,” Kendall added at the briefing.

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