Military Capabilities

US lawmaker seeks stronger USAF contracts for additional data rights

22 May 2018

Key Points

  • A key lawmaker wants stronger USAF contracts for additional data rights
  • This could help with sustainment, but hinges on appropriate compensation to industry

A key US lawmaker wants the US Air Force (USAF) to draft stronger contracts to enhance the service’s access to weapon system data rights.

House Armed Services Committee (HASC) member Austin Scott of Georgia told Jane’s on 11 May that the service spends a tremendous amount of money with defence contractors to develop systems. These contractors, he said, then claim that they own the data in the system.

Rep Scott called on USAF Secretary Heather Wilson to have her lawyers write stronger contracts or hire outside council, if necessary.

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