A technological race with China is a matter of concern for the Pentagon’s Acquisition candidate

The White House reveals that Michael Brown is President Biden’s selection for the Defense Department’s highest procurement position. The office is the establishment of the Obama administration in 2015 in order to foster relationships with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. In addition, to assist in the transmission of technology from the private sector to military systems.

Facts about Michael Brown:

  • He is a former software business entrepreneur who since 2018 has led the Pentagon’s commercial outreach office.
  • An appointment to be the Defense Department’s acquisition and sustainment undersecretary is given to him.
  • Currently, He is the head of the Defense Innovation Unit in Silicon Valley.

A key worry that troubles Brown since his tenure at DIU is the technical rivalry with China. A report is co-authored by Michael Brown in 2018. The report suggests how the Chinese venture capital investments allow the country to get entry to the “crown jewels of American invention.” In addition, the Chinese recently venture into capital trades for an early-stage technology start-up which rises significantly. The Chinese are investing in similar areas to those of American companies which is fundamental to prospective innovations under –

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Automated cars
  • Augmented reality
  • Robots
  • Blockchain technology

DIU is one of the early sponsors to firms namely, Rocket Lab, Virgin Orbit, and Relativity Space. These companies launch new space activities under Brown’s guidance. DIU chose these firms in order to conceptualize DoD payloads as a part to attempt to work out how the Department of Defense applies private launch services. DIU also invests in LeoLabs (a space monitoring start-up that uses an assortment of phased-array radars to discover satellite processes in low Earth orbit.

The military operation expenditure of $240 billion for equipment and facilities as undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment is under Michael Brown. In the past, Brown has been the chief executive of Symantec and Quantum (two public Silicon Valley technology companies). Michael Brown makes an argument with Francis Rose in a recent interview on who is to serve as the host of the Government Matters which uses business solutions and ensures saving money for taxpayers.

Brown pushes Pentagon to execute commercial technology more competently. DIU’s priority includes prevention appropriate technology from deteriorating in the so-called “valley of death”. This arises when Pentagon takes years to fund and issue agreements for a program. Will Roper (retired senior Air Force procurement executive) appreciated Brown’s promotion to direct DoD procurements. In a message on social media, Roper said, “In the true sense it is great news for those who are excited for our military to succeed with global technological advancements in the modern age.”

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