Amid cuts, DOD focuses on next ‘offset strategy’

The Pentagon’s No.2 civilian this week fleshed out details of what the Defense Department is calling its “third offset strategy,” designed to leverage emerging technologies and new sources of innovation as a way to counter, or offset, a series of asymmetrical threats in the Middle East and on NATO’s eastern border while proceeding with the ongoing Pacific defense pivot.

Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel laid out the Pentagon’s innovation initiative in November, designed to counter a new set of evolving threats. The initiative includes another DOD Long Range Research and Development Planning program similar to an R&D effort for a second U.S. offset strategy launched in the 1970s.

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