Frank Kendall, acquisition chief at the Defense Department, has said the fiscal 2017 DoD budget proposal supports the department’s efforts to help the U.S. maintain a long-term advantage in military technology, DoD News reported Wednesday.
He told the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee Wednesday that DoD requested a $3 billion increase in research and development funds for the next fiscal year.
“This budget increases the use of prototyping, demonstrations and experimentation to help the department more rapidly mature technology and assess the impact these innovative technologies can have on the future force,” Kendall added, the publication reports.
The report said Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Director Arati Prabhakar informed subcommittee members during the same meeting that DARPA collaborates with various companies, universities and laboratories to discover breakthrough technologies that can aid in national security efforts.
She cited an agency-run program that aims to build artificial intelligence-based aircraft technology intended to jam adversaries’ radar systems.