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Pentagon Issues FY 2022-2026 Strategic Management Plan; Kathleen Hicks Quoted

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The Department of Defense has released a document that outlines the secretary of defense’s strategic priorities for fiscal years 2022 through 2026 in alignment with the National Defense Strategy.

The Strategic Management Plan lists DOD’s four strategic goals and these are making the right technology investments and transforming the future force, strengthening the defense ecosystem’s resilience and adaptability, taking care of its people and cultivating the workforce and addressing institutional management priorities, DOD said Friday.

This Plan establishes accountability to measure our progress in realizing our National Defense Strategy. It also demonstrates to the President, Congress and most importantly the American people, the Department’s commitment to transparency,” Kathleen Hicks, deputy secretary of DOD and a 2022 Wash100 Award winner, wrote in her introduction to the SMP.

Each strategic goal comes with several objectives. To strengthen the defense ecosystem’s resilience, the objectives include delivering sustainable logistics to support DOD, enhancing cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of command, control and communications systems.

The plan came a day after the Pentagon issued the public versions of NDS, Nuclear Posture Review and the Missile Defense Review.