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Hagel: US is losing its tech edge, needs new R&D strategy

Increasingly worried that its technological edge is being eroded, the Defense Department is expected to launch a long-range strategy for technology research and development.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has frequently warned that DOD must choose between “capacity” and “capabilities,” signaled this week that budget pressures and 13 years of warfare are forcing the military to focus on maintaining technological superiority.

“Our military could arrive in a future combat theater facing an arsenal of advanced, disruptive technologies that thwart our technological advantages, limit our freedom of maneuver, and put American lives at risk,” Hagel told the South Eastern New England Defense Industry Alliance in Newport, R.I., on Sept. 4.

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