Thomas Mahnken, president & CEO of CSBA, discusses the new study on the Pentagon’s innovation efforts, and what they need to focus on to stay competitive.
The Department of Defense is focusing on innovation across their enterprise, but what exactly should they be innovating? A study published by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments says that the Pentagon should focus on developing and countering anti-access area denial weapons, and developing better C4ISR networks. Thomas Mahnken, President & CEO of CSBA, says that these recommendations are necessary to keep up with the competition. “Our competitors have devoted a lot of attention to going after our C4ISR networks, because they realize just how critical they are to our effectiveness. Whether that’s threats to our space assets, threats to terrestrial communications systems. We need to do a number of things to ensure that we have access to command, control and communications.” Mahniken said. “One aspect of that could be greater reliance on commercial space; figuring out ways to make our space constellation more robust and more resilient. We can also be looking at airborne substitutes for space services, whether we’re talking command and control, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, precision navigation and timing.”