DoD to Work With Int’l Partners in R&D Info-Sharing, Investment; Alan Schaffer Comments

Alan Shaffer
Alan Shaffer

The Defense Department is exploring a strategy that would enable international partnerships in research and technology development to address concerns on capability gaps and costs, Defense News reported Monday.

In a document titled “International S&T Engagement Strategy,” DoD indicates plans to establish searchable databases by leveraging big data technology and to enable partner investments to develop new technologies, Zachary Fryer-Biggs writes.

Alan Schaffer, acting DoD chief for research and development, said the strategy would focus on collaborating with the U.K., Australia, Canada and New Zealand to bolster technological awareness.

“We have complete insight into our partner and allies’ laboratories, and they have pretty good insight into ours, so what I’m really interested in is using some of the tools of our international structure,” Schaffer said.

Fryer-Biggs reports the research databases, to be managed by the Defense Technical Information Center, would launch this fall and cater to the 17 “communities of interest” DoD established in January.

With advancements in automation and big data technology, the system is expected to streamline information sharing within communities and facilitate collaboration and interoperability, the report said.

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