William Brown, chairman and CEO of L3Harris Technologies, has said that a stable government budget environment and streamlined acquisition procedures will help the U.S. maintain technical edge in the space domain.
He wrote in a commentary published Thursday on Defense News that consistency in multiyear investments will help the government and industry to facilitate innovation.
According to Brown, the government“™s implementation of rapid prototyping and industry“™s deployment of open-architecture methodologies work to simplify the procurement process. He urged the government to invest in talent development efforts, promote education programs and encourage industry-academic partnerships.
“Today, our technical leadership is being challenged by near-peer adversaries, particularly in areas related to national security ““ such as cyber, artificial intelligence, hypersonics and space capabilities,“ said Brown, a former Wash100 Award recipient.
“This challenge, similar to the race to reach the Moon, creates a clear opportunity for America: to establish a vision and rededicate itself to invest in the innovation and talent necessary to deliver new technologies that will extend our leadership for decades to come.“