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Stephen Welby: DoD Needs to Accelerate Technological Decision-Making Cycle

Stephen Welby
Stephen Welby

Stephen Welby, assistant defense secretary for research and engineering, told Defense News in an interview published Monday that the Defense Department should make its “OODA Loop” process faster in terms of adopting technological approaches.

He said to reporter Aaron Mehta he believes DoD’s Third Offset Strategy is about identifying what kinds of technology that the department should add to its portfolio, adopt from the private sector or test in field settings.

“It’s really about how do I find those things that are going to matter operationally and strategically in a competitive future environment?” Welby added.

He noted his office is interested in exploring advanced materials, autonomy, big data applications and biotechnology for military use.

The department’s R&E organization collaborates with universities and companies worldwide in an effort to integrate emerging technology into defense operations, according to Welby.

Click here to read Stephen Welby’s full interview on Defense News.

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