Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expects the Pentagon to invest more in prototyping and open systems architecture following the implementation of the department’s new Better Buying Power program, Defense News reported Wednesday.
“Given the current budget environment, innovation will be critical,” Hagel told an audience at a Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance-hosted event Wednesday.
“We must be innovative not only in developing the technologies we buy, but also how we buy them, and how we use them in order to achieve our operational and strategic objectives,” he added, according to Defense News.
Marcus Weisgerber writes the BBP 3.0 guidance also contains strategies for Pentagon to remove barriers to commercial goods purchasing, draft requirements issuance and global technology search.
Hagel commended industry for new technological breakthroughs in robotics, three-dimensional printing, miniaturization and computing.
Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall will launch a research and development planning program with the goal of maintaining the U.S. military’s edge in technological advances, according to Weisgerber’s article.