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Top Navy Officer Unveils New Strategy to Accelerate Tech Development, Deployment

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson released the updated version of his strategy document detailing major changes in how the U.S. Navy will acquire and field new technologies, USNI News reported Monday.

Richardson’s Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority 2.0 aims to speed up the development, testing, fielding of tools, weapon systems and ships, among other assets of the service branch. The document also sets goals to acquire technologies to help the Navy deter the growing Russian and Chinese aggression.

Acquisition goals detailed in the new document include contracts for new frigates, unmanned aerial, surface, underwater vehicles, replacement for the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft, hypersonic weapons, laser technologies and enterprise network modernization. The Navy aims to release the contracts between 2020 and 2030.

The service also looks to establish capability and concept development hubs and a Warfighting Development Directorate to help in the development, acquisition and deployment of new technologies. The Navy released the strategy document in 2016 to guide officials through changes in the fleet, operating environment and in the administration’s priorities.

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