The Problem: Overmatched and Underfunded
Consistently, we are hearing from every branch that the U.S. is "overmatched" in certain areas of the battlespace. Our adversaries have outpaced us in defense spending and in research and development (R&D) allocations and advancements for the past decade.
Meanwhile, every U.S. military branch has its own rapid innovation and acquisition group – but those groups often face limited or reduced budgets. In particular, the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) is traditionally the last branch to receive development funding and new technology – but the first to fight.
So, if the military is overmatched in certain capabilities and their rapid acquisition funds are limited, how can they proceed?
The Solution: Industry and Military Collaboration
Most major defense companies set aside R&D funds every year in order to stay at the forefront of technology. Some have R&D budgets triple the size of what the USMC wants to secure for rapid acquisitions.
As members of the defense industry, we need to partner with the USMC and all military branches to ensure we are spending our R&D funds on the right solutions. We must provide the outstanding men and women of our armed forces with the best possible technologies so that they are never "overmatched" in any situation.
As proud as I was to serve in the USMC, I am equally proud to work for Saab. Saab routinely allocates approximately 25% of its total sales revenue back into R&D. We support the USMC with radar, ground combat support weapons, signature management, and training and simulation equipment, just to name a few. We are here to work with and support the U.S. warfighters, and to provide solutions for their most pressing needs.
Cpl. Jim Truxel, U.S. Marine Corps, 1977-1981
VP of Marketing and Sales for Military Programs, Support and Services Division
Saab Defense and Security USA
This post is part of Saab USA's U.S. Military Insights blog series, where our employees who have served in the U.S. military offer their thoughts on the issues affecting their branch.