New technologies key to Defense transformation, says official

The Pentagon sees great value in developing operational prototypes of technologies to determine whether they can assist in the Defense Department's efforts to transform the military into a high-tech force, according to the director of the Defense transformation office.

Retired Adm. Arthur Cebrowski said in a press briefing last week that a robust prototyping program causes a ripple-down effect on defense acquisition.

Cebrowski also cited the importance of working with foreign partners to develop new concepts and technologies. New technology is key to transformation, as it gives an advantage for the period of time before adversaries obtain it, he said. He emphasized the importance of looking for new technologies beyond the traditional defense industry.

Cebrowski also addressed interoperability and said the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks gave the transformation effort an "enhanced sense of urgency." It also has proved the need to expand U.S. capabilities, he said.