Sustaining America's Strategic Deterrent Forces in the 21st Century,
OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (ACQUISITION AND TECHNOLOGY) WASHINGTON DC
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Sustainment of an effective strategic nuclear deterrent can be best summed up as follows We are planning for small levels of real growth-less than one percent-in the defense budget, but mindful of the need to maintain a hedging fiscal posture for sustaining our existing systems We need to leverage off of commercial and other defense investment in common industrial capabilities to sustain our strategic forces We must focus on implementing lasting acquisition and security reforms to open the defense market to commercial technology and processes. As we move through todays agenda, I believe these points will continue to surface as recurring themes. I recognize that unique strategic systems requirements, and the defense unique industrial capabilities needed to meet these requirements, cannot be eliminated entirely. We need to work together, to minimize the disproportionate costs of defense unique solutions. In this way, we can ensure that we sustain the robust, innovative defense industrial structure needed to maintain effective strategic nuclear deterrent forces.
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