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The Challenge of Technological Superiority

Author: Alan Shaffer

Shaffer is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (PD ASD[R&E]).

For more than 25 years, the United States has had a dominant military advantage over any potential adversary. The underpinning of that advantage was the superior platforms and systems enabled by our technology. The technological superiority of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is at the greatest risk in recent history, and this erosion occurs while ideological, economic, political, military and technological threasts proliferate to national and international security. Future engagements will require greater technological capability to operate in what I call the “commons”: electronic warfare; missile defense; precision, navigation and timing; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; integrated air defense; cyber; and weapons of mass destruction.

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Communities of Interest Collaborating on Technology Challenges


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Author: Alan Shaffer

“We want to tell industry more clearly what has value to us so they’ll be able to bid more intelligently, so they’ll be able to make their own technology investment decisions more intelligently.”
—Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, Defense News, Sept. 22, 2014.

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Concepts for Change DoD’s 2014 Research and Engineering Strategy


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Author: Alan Shaffer

For more than 50 years, the Department of Defense (DoD) has relied on Research and Engineering (R&E) to provide the nation with the technology-based operational capability superiority that protects U.S. forces and helps to ensure national security. DoD’s scientists and engineers work daily with industry and academia to conceive, develop and mature concepts into capabilities that provide an operational advantage to our warfighters.

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