The MITRE Perspective on Rapid Acquisition

March 2019
Topics: National Security, Military Operations (General), Military Planning, Air Force Operations, Acquisition Management, Warfare
Sarah J. Sirois MacConduibh, The MITRE Corporation
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As the 2018 National Defense Strategy makes clear, our competitive military advantage is eroding at a time when the threats we face today are more diverse, less predictable, and available to adversaries with access to a globalized technology base. Around the world, the proliferation of advanced technology is allowing more actors to contest U.S. military power in more threatening ways.

The Pentagon’s response to such rapidly-evolving threats has been the “Third Offset,” a broad effort to maintain America’s comparative military advantage. The Third Offset strategy seeks to arrest the erosion of America’s conventional deterrence through a combination of advanced capabilities, innovative operational concepts, and new organizational constructs to extend U.S. military dominance.


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