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10th Annual Defense R&D Summit held in Virginia


Virginia, 05 February 2024 (TDI): The 10th Annual Defense R&D Summit took place in Alexandria, Virginia on January 31. The Department of Defense harnesses science and technology to counter adversaries.

According to the US Asia Pacific Media Hub, the Under Secretary of Defense Heidi Shyu said, “China is attempting to offer an alternative to the international order.

It is increasing the capacity to reshape international borders and rapidly developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities in hypersonic weapons, shipbuilding, and space potential.

Moreover, the Summit addresses the long-term challenges that require a robust and accelerated science, technology, and development response. In addition, the Under Secretary said, “Unfortunately, there is no monolithic solution to accelerate the efforts of the department. The Department is now turning its attention to the two-year-old Rapid Defense Experimentation Reverse Program.

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Rapid Defense Experimentation Reverse Program.

The program focuses on crucial joint warfare in highly contested environments this includes command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Furthermore, it stretches to unmanned systems, contested logistics, joint fires, information, and command and control.

The program actively seeks to deliver the best technology and address the common problems faced by companies. It includes the process of experimentation and exercises that accelerate technology. Furthermore, this validates military capabilities.

Reportedly, Under Secretary Shyu noted that the industry works directly with the services, combatant commanders, and the joint staff.

Furthermore, the Department is also assisting private-sector investment in critical technologies. A year ago, the Office of Strategic Capital was authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act. In addition, it allows the department to provide loans to small companies. It will help secure the supply chain and facilitate offshore production of cutting-edge technologies like microchips and quantum.

Lastly, it will deliver the most advanced military capability to the warfighters.


Hamail Tahir
Hamail Tahir
A student of MPhil in Strategic Studies at National Defence University Islamabad (NDU). She is eager to understand the global changing dynamics and how states use their national interests to acquire regional hegemony. Her focus primarily lies in diplomatic and strategic initiatives during peace and conflict paradigms and can be reached at hamail.tahir@gmail.com

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