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Frank Kendall: Tech Platforms, Operational Concepts Make Up DoD’s Third Offset Strategy

Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall

Frank Kendall, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics at the Defense Department, has said DoD’s Third Offset Strategy seeks to maintain U.S. military edge through the combination of operational concepts and technology platforms such as artificial intelligence and automation, DoD News reported Thursday.

Cheryl Pellerin writes Kendall said that he worked with Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and other Pentagon officials to generate ideas on technologies that will work to facilitate the development of defense capabilities as part of the Third Offset Strategy.

“The idea was that we should be able to operate from a greater range so that things being built to defeat us were less effective,” Kendall told attendees of a Center for Strategic and International Studies-hosted conference.

He also cited the need for DoD to focus more on distributed technological capabilities designed to pose targeting challenges to potential adversaries, Pellerin reports.

Kendall told event attendees that apart from AI and autonomy, the department should also consider other factors in support of the strategy such as intellectual property management, collaboration with industry, independent research and development, technology transition and use of modular designs, the report added.

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