Hicks previews 'difficult decisions' on legacy systems, pledges to bridge 'valley of death'

By Tony Bertuca / March 19, 2021 at 1:03 PM
Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said the Pentagon would work with Congress to make "difficult decisions" to "phase out" legacy weapon systems unsuitable for competition with China, but also committed to help developing technologies bridge "the valley of death." Hicks, who spoke during a virtual event with the National War College, reiterated a message Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has delivered publicly several times: China is the "pacing challenge" for the Pentagon. "We must invest ourselves not only financially, but culturally,...

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