17 janvier 2023 | International, Naval

Push for naval ‘interchangeability’ will require help from industry

The U.S. Navy and its closest allies and partners continue their quest to become interchangeable, but they can’t do it without international supply chains.


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    28 juillet 2020 | International, Aérospatial

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  • How the Navy can lean in to software superiority

    26 juin 2018 | International, Naval, C4ISR

    How the Navy can lean in to software superiority

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