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DoD Officials: Digital Engineering Strategy Will Modernize Weapons Development Processes

Michael Griffin, undersecretary for research and engineering at the Defense Department, has said the Digital Engineering Strategy will help federal agencies implement digital engineering practices in weapons systems development by the end of 2018.

Griffin noted that the recently released document provides an advanced way of creating defense systems, as well as focuses on rapidly fielding technologies to win future battles, DoD said Thursday.

The strategy’s introduction explains that the DoD is modernizing its engineering strategies to allow the U.S. to maintain its position in technological advancements.

Philomena Zimmerman, deputy director of engineering tools and environments at the DoD, explained that digital engineering leverages models and computer resources to design, analyze, prototype and test concepts.

She added that the modern approach provides a streamlined development process, which can reduce errors and save time and costs.

Zimmerman also said that digital engineering can be used to counter cyber issues, terrorism and the technologies of adversaries.

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