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The Pentagon has launched a new future weapons research project in an attempt to maintain its global edge on technologies.

The effort will see solicitation sent to “industry, academia and small business” to help develop the ideas, according to DodBuzz.com.

… technologies such as precision-guided munitions, unmanned systems, sensors, long-range weaponry such as anti-ship guided missiles, large naval platforms and stealth fighter aircraft are increasingly being developed by rival nations and potential adversaries around the world. The U.S. no longer enjoys as large of a technological margin of difference when compared with other countries and non-state actors today.

As a result, the research will be sure to explore technologies for countering anti-satellite rockets, precision guided munitions and low-observable or stealth technology in the hands of potential adversaries, among other things.

The new plan, which resulted in the release of a formal request for information to industry Dec. 3, is intended to identify breakthrough technologies for the future. The idea, [Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering Stephen] Welby explained, is to discover new technologies, build and test prototypes and help establish new systems and platforms giving the U.S. a continued strategic edge.

“The nature of future military competition suggests we cannot take our future military dominance for granted. We need to continue disruptive innovation and be sure that we have that differential advantage in the future,” Welby told DoDBuzz.com.

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