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Ellen Lord: DoD to Announce Allied Prototyping Initiative Projects Soon

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Ellen Lord
Ellen Lord

Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the Department of Defense (DoD) expects to announce later this month the first projects under the Allied Prototyping Initiative, National Defense reported Tuesday.

DoD hopes the “end result will be interoperable prototypes developed on an equitable basis, delivered to coalition forces faster, and with a demonstrated potential for co-production,” Lord said Tuesday at the Pacific Operational Science and Technology Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The office of the defense undersecretary for research and engineering unveiled API earlier this year to broaden prototyping opportunities between the U.S. and its allies as part of efforts to promote international collaboration on military research-and-development initiatives.

Lord also discussed the Pentagon’s Foreign Comparative Testing program, the role of joint interoperability in implementing the National Defense Strategy and her office's other efforts to advance engagement with allies and partners on acquisition.