One of the priorities is the need to accelerate the deployment of a space-based sensor layer to defend against hypersonic threats as mandated in the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.
âWe need space sensors toâ¦acquire, track, and provide fire-control, but theÂ ability to knock it down is not best achieved from space,â Griffin noted.
Griffin said DoD is also eyeing high-power microwaves, kinetic space-based-interceptors and space-based neutron particle beam to intercept ballistic missiles.
DoD has started to ramp up research on quantum science, specifically in âquantum clocksâ with plans to advance work on quantum inertial sensors for assured positioning, navigation and timingÂ and encrypted communications, Jim McAleese, founder and principal atÂ McAleese & Associates, wrote in the report.
Griffin noted that he will meet with Ellen Lord, DoD undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, and the office of the cost assessment and program evaluation, on a monthly basis to assess rapid prototyping and fielding projects submitted under theÂ Section 804 authority ofÂ fiscal 2016 NDAA.
âUnless we object to a given program being done under Section 804 authority, it will be so done,â Griffin said.
âThe slowing-down will be done by exception, rather than routinelyâ¦We all have different things that we think are important, but we are all completely-aligned on the need for speed,â he added.