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Katrina McFarland Defines Intellectual Property Scope of DoD Projects with Private Sector

Katrina McFarland
Katrina McFarland

Katrina McFarland, assistant defense secretary for acquisition, has outlined the scope of intellectual property involved in the Defense Department‘s projects with industry, FCW reported Tuesday.

McFarland told a conference that DoD does not plan to own property that a contractor considers critical to its competitive advantage, Sean Lyngaas reports.

She said the Pentagon seeks to operate a system with another company’s technology through an open-system architecture, according to the report.

DoD has crafted the third iteration of its Better Buying Power acquisition policy with open systems in mind in order to spur competition, FCW reports.

McFarland told the conference that she has instructed program managers to design a system with consideration of future threats and technological changes, Lyngaas reports.

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