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DoD-Led Crowdsourcing Effort Draws in Ideas to Address Operational Challenges

A Defense Department-launched crowdsourcing effort has received nearly 100 submissions of proposals designed to address operational challenges on power projection, counter-power projection and changes in joint force operational and organizational constructs, DoD News reported Wednesday.

Cheryl Pellerin writes the three chairs of the Operational Challenges Crowdsourcing Initiative selected two top papers and several submissions on systems that can potentially aid efforts to address operational challenges.

DoD’s Office of Strategy and Force Development launched the crowdsourcing effort in November to collect ideas that can support the department’s efforts.

“We launched the initiative to try to inspire creative thinking inside and outside the department on some key operational challenges that face the U.S. military, and to try to contribute to the department’s ongoing third-offset efforts,” said Mara Karlin, deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development.

One of the proposals from Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment researchers involved potential changes in posture and investment priorities to help boost the military’s capacity to conduct sustained operations in the Asia Pacific.

Another proposal from U.S. Army leaders involved an operational concept for amphibious assault strategy that can help project power and boost battle networks.

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