DoD’s ‘third offset’ includes many small bets, willingness to fail

The Pentagon’s strategy to overcome the technological dominance that its officials say is rapidly shrinking will be based on a large series of small bets – and it’s at least possible that none of them will pay off, DoD’s number-two uniformed officer said Thursday.

Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said DoD’s third offset strategy differs from the prior “offsets” in the 20th century (the development of tactical nuclear weapons and precision-strike capabilities) in that it will lean heavily on commercial technologies instead of Defense-unique ones. The innovative bits, the department hopes, will involve integrating those technologies into warfare more intelligently and more quickly than any potential enemy.

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