Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has urged the Defense Department to harness innovation approaches of the technology sector in order to keep pace with a changing security environment, DoD News reported Thursday.
Jim Garamone writes Carter told members of theÂ Presidentâs National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee during a meeting held Wednesday in Santa Clarita, that DoDÂ aimsÂ to invest as much asÂ $72 billion on research and development programs in fiscal year 2017.
“Iâve been pushing the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box, and invest aggressively in innovation — from innovative people, to innovative technologies, to innovative practices,” he added.
The report saidÂ DoDÂ worksÂ withÂ companies, universities and laboratories to developÂ advanced materials, three-dimensionalÂ printing technology, digital manufacturing methods andÂ integrated photonic systems.
Carter also toldÂ theÂ NSTAC forumÂ he createdÂ Defense Innovation Board to help himÂ and future DoDÂ secretaries identify new waysÂ for the department toÂ collaborate withÂ the technology sector.