Hicks defends ARRW failure as evidence of broader innovation pivot

By Tony Bertuca / May 9, 2023 at 4:28 PM
Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said today the Air Force's high-profile retreat from the troubled Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon hypersonic missile shows that the Pentagon is prepared to accept risk and walk away from potentially bad bets to achieve technological dominance over China. Hicks, speaking at a Special Competitive Studies Project innovation conference held in honor of late former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, said a key aspect of improving the Pentagon’s innovation culture is to be “more vocal” about “potentially...

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