14 Nov '12, 6am

Pentagon Aims to Reduce Time, Cost for Weapons Design via @defense_news

The U.S. Defense Department is looking at designing new weapons and equipment so foreign nations could more easily purchase them, thereby eliminating costly and time consuming redesigns needed to export many military systems today. Senior Pentagon officials are already looking at exportability within development programs — including one for a radar and another for an electronic warfare system — that will serve as pilots for this effort. Early in the design phase of these systems, components like “anti-tamper characteristics” and protection of certain technology will be considered, said Frank Kendall, undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics. “We might want to have a slightly different variation of the product that we sell,” he said at a Nov. 13 briefing at the Pentagon. This initiative is part of a hefty overhaul of DoD weapon buying guidance — dubbed Bette...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20121113/DEFREG02/3111...

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