Andrew Metrick, a defense fellow at the Center for a New American Security, said Replicator’s goal of increasing the scale at which the department fields innovative capability is a big deal for commercial companies and startups. It also matters to private investors who want assurance that the Pentagon sees significant value in these companies before funding them.
“The big thing when you talk to investors is, [DOD has] gotten a lot better at funding the [research, development, test and evaluation] and prototyping of some of these technologies, but are absolutely terrible at getting it out into the field in numbers,” he told C4ISRNET. “I think that’s the important part about Replicator.”
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