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William Roper: DoD Should Facilitate Prototyping of Tech Platforms

acquisition policyWilliam Roper, director of the Defense Department’s strategic capabilities office, has said DoD should exercise flexibility when it comes to requirements of weapons systems and other acquisition programs, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Scott Maucione writes Roper said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event Wednesday that the Pentagon should also be open to prototyping of technology platforms in order to assess the feasibility of program requirements.

He told event attendees that SCO gets funds based on the projects it deploys and has already received nearly 1,000 offers from several companies after the office released a request for proposals on June 17.

The RFP seeks novel platforms in the areas of command and control, autonomy, cyber, weapon systems and sensors, Maucione reports.

Established in 2012, SCO works to identify existing military systems that can be redeveloped to perform new functions.

The report added the office is set to receive $900 million in fiscal year 2017 funds.

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