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Katrina McFarland Outlines Pentagon’s Tech Goals

Katrina McFarland
Katrina McFarland

Katrina McFarland, assistant defense secretary for acquisition, has outlined the Defense Department’s technology goals amid an environment of budget uncertainty for the Pentagon, DoD News reported Thursday.

McFarland called on industry to contribute to the government’s efforts to address the challenges in sustaining “technological superiority” and investments in research and development programs, Terri Moon Cronk reports.

She shared the government’s areas of focus for technology with audiences at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo, according to the report.

Cronk writes the DoD wants counter systems in electronic warfare, air-to-air missiles, radars, space, ballistic and cruise missiles, undersea warfare and cyber operations.

McFarland also asked industry to submit feedback for the third iteration of the Better Buying Power program, which she said is focused on bolstering technological superiority, the report says.

“Our enhanced emphasis is on countering weapons of mass destruction, electronic warfare, delivering space-based capabilities with or without a space layer, and cyber,” she told the audience.

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