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Frank Kendall: DoD Pushes Next-Gen Warfare Systems Efforts

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The Defense Department has begun to explore new warfare technologies in an effort to retain U.S. dominance in combat, DoD News reported Tuesday.

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics, told a symposium in Crystal City, Virginia that DoD has kicked off a research and development effort patterned after a 1970s program that resulted in existing warfare systems today, Claudette Roulo reports.

“It’s time to kind of rethink what’s going to give us dominance in the future,” Kendall said.

Stephen Welby, deputy assistant secretary of defense for systems engineering; Alan Shaffer, principal deputy to the assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering; Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; and Katrina McFarland, assistant secretary of defense for acquisition will lead the program, Kendall told industry audiences.

Kendall said he expects the R&D initiative to inform the next budget cycle, according to the report.

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