Pentagon seeks approval to fund NATO defense technology accelerator

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 The Pentagon is seeking authority to contribute to NATO’s defense technology accelerator, which the organization created last year to support cooperation among allied nations on emerging technologies like hypersonics, artificial intelligence, space and quantum.
The request — part of a package of legislative proposals sent to Congress in late April and posted online May 16 — seeks permission to participate in the Defense Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic, known as DIANA.“Allowing the U.S. Department of Defense to participate in the NATO DIANA initiative would support implementation of some important elements of the NATO agenda,” DoD said in its proposal. “Absent new statutory authority enacted as a result of this critical legislative proposal, the United States will not be able to participate in DIANA or other vital, successor, jointly-funded NATO research and development programs.”

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