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DoD Initiative Crowdsources U.S. Military Competitive Advantage

The U.S. Department of Defense reports that “inspired by Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s innovation initiatives, a think tank report about Air Force innovation and a recently released list of United Kingdom defense challenges, officials in the Defense Department’s Office of Strategy and Force Development decided to crowdsource elements critical to retaining the U.S. military’s competitive advantage.”

Mara E. Karlin, deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development, leads the office in a range of efforts that guide Defense Department analysis and review, including, among other things, assessing future national security challenges, developing long-term competitive strategies and force planning scenarios, and coordinating global and internal policy planning.”

“The office also is the lead for policy analysis and advice to DoD senior leadership on developing U.S. forces, assessing capabilities, and allocating resources to support the defense strategy.”

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