There is renewed momentum on Capitol Hill and in the Pentagon for the never-ending pursuit of reform in the defense acquisition system.
This is good news because change — big, bold, transformative change — to the way the Department of Defense (DoD) buys products and services is more essential today than ever before. Smart technologies, like artificial intelligence (AI), can help the department respond to a dynamic threat environment, execute its missions, simplify acquisition, and value time.
The military’s workload is growing, as threats become more diverse, placing even greater constraints on already limited resources. Terrorism is an enduring problem. Russian aggression in Europe (and beyond) and Chinese assertiveness in the Pacific will undoubtedly continue. North Korea’s reckless pursuit and display of nuclear power threatens American bases and allies across the region, while cyber and space threats from state and nonstate actors are advancing rapidly. Responding to each requires drastically different capabilities and tools that must be quickly fielded.
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