If sequestration continues it will damage weapons systems and erode innovation at the Defense Department, said DoD Deputy Assistant Secretary Elana Broitman during an April 23 panel discussion.
“The sequester cuts are tied to no long-term plan, and, though it’s a truism in the marketplace, we are concerned about enough competition with fewer entities around to fund innovation,” Broitman said at a Bloomberg Government event in Arlington, Va.
If the DoD can’t invest in research and development, it won’t be able to guarantee that it has the best weapons, she said.
“We used to trim things we don’t need. Now we’re choosing between two good things,” Broitman said.
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