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Updated 2023 National Defense S&T Strategy

For those who may not have seen it, the Department of Defense recently issued a new “2023 National Defense Science and Technology Strategy: Sharpening Our Competitive Edge” of interest to the…

Updated 2023 National Defense S&T Strategy

Updated 2023 National Defense S&T Strategy
Bill Kobren

For those who may not have seen it, the Department of Defense recently issued a new “2023 National Defense Science and Technology Strategy: Sharpening Our Competitive Edge” of interest to the defense acquisition workforce.

According to this document, “in accordance with the National Defense Strategy, our defense science and technology enterprise must “leverage asymmetric American advantages: our entrepreneurial spirit and our diversity and pluralistic system of ideas and technology generation that drive unparalleled creativity, innovation, and adaptation.” Through these asymmetric advantages we will create, analyze, test, acquire, and protect the knowledge and tools needed to meet the three strategic ways of the NDS. In this Science and Technology Strategy, we establish the ways to sharpen our competitive edge. We will focus on the Joint Mission, create and field capabilities at speed and scale, and ensure the foundations for research and development.”

The document identifies three strategic lines of effort:

  • "Focus on the joint mission.
  • Create and field capabilities at speed and scale.
  • Ensure the foundations for research and development."

These strategic lines of effort are aligned with four guiding principles:

  • "The purpose of Defense science and technology is to enhance national security and influence.
  • A joint mission is a collaborative mission
  • International allies and industry partners are integral to American research and development.
  • Effective technology protection is tailored to support military innovation."