Technology Transition Gap

Jeff Child, Editor-in-Chief, COTS Journal

While the United States clearly has long possessed the world’s most powerful military, it goes without saying for the United States that distinction has never been solely about quantity. Although our spending for defense is multiples above any other nation, our technological superiority has always been at the highest of priorities. That’s a perpetual challenge however because no matter how many billions we spend, electronics and computing technology changes and changes fast. With that in mind, in the “modern” age there’s been every effort made to avoid surprises if possible. Ever since the Soviet Union launched the first satellite into orbit in 1957, the U.S. government has made a commitment to initiate, rather than react to, strategic technological surprises.

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