DoD Strategic Capabilities Office Gives Deployed Military Systems New Tricks

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  1. F-22

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    Start with an established military system like the Navy’s Standard Missile-6, or SM-6, a surface-to-air air defense weapon first deployed in 1981. It and its variants launch from cruisers and destroyers and can stop incoming ballistic and cruise missiles at low altitudes in the atmosphere.

    Now make it do something completely different -- like offensively attacking and destroying enemy ships at extended ranges.

    Conceiving of and testing prototypes of such technology transformations is the job of a small team of visionaries and technical engineers at the Defense Department’s nearly four-year-old Strategic Capabilities Office, or SCO.

    Then-Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter created the organization in August 2012 after looking across the department and “correctly [realizing] that going back into great-power competition [with Russia and China] is going to require bringing back a lot of capabilities that had gone dormant in the department” since the fall of the Soviet Union, SCO Director Will Roper said during a recent media roundtable.

    More at the link:

    http://www.defense.gov/News-Article...ce-gives-deployed-military-systems-new-tricks

    Here's an article on SCO!
     
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    Excellent find.

    The SCO gives us the short term advantages and DARPA gives us the long term advantages. The regular programs fall in between those two. That seems like a pretty solid way to keep us ahead of our adversaries and to make good use of all possible technological paths that are available.
     
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