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More military high tech will help DOD to cut costs.

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Technology can provide important leverage to help the Defense Department cut costs and increase the efficiency of military spending, the Pentagon’s chief technology officer said on Thursday.

Zachary Lemnios, director of defense research and engineering, emphasized the Pentagon’s new cost-cutting drive is aimed at freeing up cash to sustain U.S. forces and fund needed modernization, not lower the overall defense budget.

“The efficiencies initiative is an important thing to do. I see technology as a leverage for that,” he told reporters at a briefing in Washington.

He said his office was already working hard to get new technologies to troops on the battlefield more quickly and respond to hundreds of “joint urgent operational needs” requests from military commanders, while trying to ensure continued investment in longer-term pure research.

“We take every one of these seriously,” he said.

Lemnios said one project launched six months ago to…READ MORE HERE