Three officials from varying military offices focused on innovation asserted that the department’s research and development game is strong, it’s the follow-through that causes problems.
The Defense Department doesn’t have an innovation problem, according to three top officials in charge of leading innovation efforts. The military is very good at coming up with new technologies; the problem comes when services try to adopt those new ideas.
The department has a long history of innovating, according to Steven Walker, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, which 50 years ago created the networking protocols that would later become the internet.
“The country is innovative,” he said during a panel Wednesday at the 2019 Defense News Conference. “It’s the application of some of that innovation that we struggle with.”
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