Pentagon Reshuffles R&D Priorities

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June 10, 2020 | Originally published by National Defense Industrial Association on June 5, 2020

HONOLULU, Hawaii — The Defense Department is shaking up its list of research-and-development priorities as the Pentagon builds new roadmaps for pursuing future capabilities.

When Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin first came into office in 2017, hypersonic weapons were his top focus area. But not anymore.

“We’ve made a lot of progress in hypersonics,” said Mark Lewis, Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Modernization. “We love them all the same, but our No. 1 priority, frankly, right now is microelectronics.”

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