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The Pentagon Is Rethinking Investments In Future Technology

Kendall said his staff has compiled a technology wish list with items that have not been funded but "ought to be in the services' budgets." 

There will tough negotiations over the next several months as the office of the defense secretary seeks to redirect funding priorities and shape the services' future investments. 

This is part of a "long-range research and development planning program" aimed at protecting the military's technological edge through the next several decades. The goal is to ensure the Defense Department is funding key technologies it will need to defeat new enemies, Kendall said Sept. 3 at the ComDef industry conference in Washington, D.C.

Squeezing new technology programs into a tight budget will not be easy, Kendall noted. If new items are added to the budget, they will be need to be offset by cuts elsewhere. These will be "painful times" for the Defense Department, Kendall said.

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