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US Army eyes buying technical data rights to improve logistics

31 October 2017

The US Army is exploring more options for buying technical data rights for systems, which can be costly but in some cases sensible for logistics purposes, according to the head of US Army Materiel Command (AMC)

“If equipment is going to be forward, and soldiers are going to do [maintenance and sustainment], and they need to reproduce it and control the supply chain, then it’s worth it to go after the tech data rights” General Gustave Perna, the AMC commander, told reporters during 1 November breakfast meeting.

“It’s not always conducive to own the tech data rights, sometimes we don’t need it,” he noted.

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