Tap Commercial Innovations for the Military—as well as society’s—most important breakthroughs were developed by either the government or dedicated defense corporations.
The innovation landscape, however, is changing. As near-peer adversaries become more adept at countering U.S. technology advantages and exploiting their vulnerabilities, the United States must be able to field solutions in response to threats to the assets on which it relies so heavily, particularly the military satellite communications (MilSatCom) program. Some of the world’s leading technology giants already are developing rapidly deployable high-speed networks capable of operating anywhere in the world and bringing them to bear quickly and cheaply. It is critical that the Defense Department increase efforts to integrate and leverage these private industry technologies as our nation embarks on a Third Offset Strategy to maintain U.S. technological superiority.