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Robert Work: DoD Needs Third Offset Strategy to Facilitate Battlefield Innovation

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Robert Work
Robert Work

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work has said that post-war military budgets and a growing competition in weapon systems development have eroded the U.S.’ technological superiority, DoD News reported Thursday.

Terri Moon Cronk writes Work told audience at a forum hosted by the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies in London that DoD is developing a third offset strategy to deter global security threats to the U.S.

“We must coordinate and collaborate, avoid duplication, leverage unique capabilities and push our establishments to innovate in technology, concepts, experimentation and war games,” he added.

Cronk reports DoD’s first two offset strategies focused on military development and that the department wants the next strategy to encourage industry participation in the development of robotics, autonomous, guidance and control, biotechnology, visualization, additive manufacturing, big data analytics, miniaturization, and advance computing systems.

Work also noted the U.S. and its NATO allies are working to develop a new framework to improve conventional deterrence tools, the report said.

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