People, Not Tech: DepSecDef Work On 3rd Offset, JICSPOC

Robert Work PENTAGON: The Pentagon says it wants a revolution and the 2017 budget to be unveiled today funds a host of high-tech weapons, from arsenal planes to Hyper Velocity Projectiles to robots. But for Deputy Defense Secretary  Bob Work, the real bleeding edge of innovation is not a weapon, no matter how impressive. It’s a secretive command post with a jawbreaking name in a repurposed building in Colorado Springs — the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center (JICSPOC). “The JICSPOC in our view is the first operational and organizational construct of the Third Offset Strategy,” Work told me in an exclusive 85-minute interview in his E-ring office. “People say, ‘what’s the Third Offset Strategy about? And they say, ‘oh, it’s about AI [artificial intelligence] and autonomy.’ We say no…. It’s about human-machine…


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