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The Sea Hunter is an entirely new class of unmanned oceangoing vessel and is part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s work on anti-submarine warfare. Courtesy of US Navy/John F Williams

America First, Third Offset Second?

Daniel Fiott
Article, 17 October 2018
United States, US Defence Policy, Defence Management
The new president prefers funding current capabilities over technological innovation.

In 2014, the US Department of Defense announced that it would embark on a new defence innovation initiative termed the ‘Third Offset Strategy’. This Obama-era strategy was conceived to overcome the perceived military-technological rise of states such as China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. Since the election of President Donald Trump, however, questions about the continued relevance of the Third Offset Strategy have emerged. Daniel Fiott considers the factors that are driving forward defence innovation efforts in the US under the current administration, and the challenges of doing so.

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