C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

US military, intelligence communities seek stronger ties with commercial AI, cyber sectors

02 December 2019

US national security, intelligence, and armed forces sectors must forge stronger ties with counterparts in the private sector, including with a more diverse group of suppliers beyond traditional defence contractors, the Pentagon’s top technology official said.

“If you look back at the history of the Department of Defense [DoD], you could say at one point, we were the curators of technology, we were the innovators. But over time, what evolved was a very large, robust defence industrial base,” Pentagon Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy said.

“We are going to have to lean heavier and heavier on a much broader commercial base [and] that means changes for us, inside the Department of Defense,” he said during the 2019 Atlantic Future Forum on 22 November.

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