What’s The Pentagon’s Plan For Innovation On The Cheap?

One way to cut cost and get new ideas on the table is to team up with other likeminded colleagues.  That’s more or less the approach the Pentagon is taking in developing new defensive technologies. By working with our allies, Pentagon R&D officials hope to drive down the cost of developing new technologies, while fostering innovation in a way that’s more efficient and mutually beneficial.   

According to the Pentagon, there’s more to this approach than simply lowering costs and maximizing developments; there are also strategic advantages in mind.

This shared approach is also being designed to make it easier for US and partner forces to share critical battlefield information, rather than developing ad hoc workarounds to allow the forces to communicate and maneuver together.

As growing conflicts on the global stage have called for more multilateral action and joint communication and strategizing with allies, there has been greater emphasis that the U.S. not “go it alone” when it comes to combating terrorism and greater reaching threats.

With so much overlap in humanitarian and national security objectives among our allies, this approach could prove to be productive and successful, provided interoperability can be achieved, but is it realistic?

Do you think this is a wise approach for U.S. defense and global security? Tell us what you think in the comments.