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Arati Prabhakar, Alan Shaffer: DoD Turns to Innovation Amid Tighter Budgets

PentagonThe Pentagon is looking to existing technologies and commercial processes in order to rapidly build new military equipment such as sensors, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.

Jared Serbu writes Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, told the station the Pentagon’s innovation approach aims to reduce technology acquisition costs and expedite the development process.

“We need to take all of that power and repurpose it so that we get all of that capability, including the ability to move fast and be agile as technology keeps changing,” Prabhakar added, according to the report.

Serbu reports that developing low-cost systems is also a top priority for Alan Shaffer, acting defense undersecretary for research and engineering.

“That means I have to prioritize things that will help me understand things like interoperability and interfaces so that I can interact more easily with other nations,” Shaffer told Federal News Radio.

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