DOD opens the hunt for disruptive tech

DOD opens the hunt for disruptive tech

The Defense Department has issued a broad call for ideas and technologies to help it maintain strategic and military dominance in the next decade.

The request for information on DOD’s Long Range Research and Development Plan (LRRDP) will help DOD “technology scouts” solicit ideas from industry, academia and the public to better identify the “art of the possible,” said Stephen Welby, DOD’s deputy assistant secretary of defense for systems engineering.

“We’re interested in getting the broadest set of folks, the brightest minds we can find, to come help us on this effort,” Welby said announcing the project.

DOD wants to focus on space, undersea technologies, protective systems against precision-guided munitions, air dominance, strike capability and human-computer interaction.

The objective, according to the RFI, is to identify high-payoff enabling technologies that could provide significant military advantage to the United States and its partners and allies in the 2030 time frame. The effort emphasizes the innovative application of technologies that can be leveraged for asymmetric advantage.

“We expect the topics and ideas that come back will inform our science and technology planning, and we’re mining that whole space,” Welby told the DOD public affairs office.

The seven-month study will produce recommendations by mid 2015, in time to influence budget and technology decisions, Welby said.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work will oversee the LRRDP.

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