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DoD Launches Crowdsourcing Initiative to Address Operational Challenges

InnovationLightBulbThe Defense Department’s Office of Strategy and Force Development has launched a crowdsourcing initiative to gather ideas in support of DoD efforts to address operational challenges, DoD News reported Monday.

Cheryl Pellerin writes Mara Karlin, deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development, said the initiative is “focused on what we think are key operational challenges that are animating how we think about the changing character of war.”

Karlin added DoD seeks crowdsourced approaches to areas such as counter power projection, battle networks and technology, Pellerin reported.

A team comprised of members with experience in policy, acquisition, technology, logistics and Joint Staff operations will review the submissions and select top proposers, according to Karlin.

Chosen proposers will brief Karlin’s team and the proposals will be presented to Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pellerin wrote.

Karlin said her team can talk to the Strategic Capabilities Office and planners at combatant commands to discuss the potential use of crowdsourced technology proposals.

She added there are no funds allocated for the projects but DoD has several different processes to fund technology ideas and in operational concepts.

Interested participants can submit papers until Nov. 28.

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