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Pentagon’s strategic capital office finalizing investment framework

September 6, 2023

Courtney Albon


Jason Rathje, the director of the Office of Strategic Capital at the U.S. Department of Defense, speaks Sept. 6, 2023, at the Defense News Conference. (Colin Demarest/C4ISRNET)


As it prepares to deliver its first investment strategy in the coming months, the Pentagon’s strategic capital office is conducting an in-depth review of the Defense Department’s key technology areas and how it can target early investments within those priorities.

The Office of Strategic Capital was established last December to help steer private sector funding toward the technologies and supply chains that are important to DoD. Jason Rathje, director of the fledgling office, said Sept. 6 that one of OSC’s first tasks from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was to develop a plan for investing in the 14 technology areas the Pentagon has deemed most critical.

“That has really been the focus of our office since we were established back last December,” Rathje said during the Defense News Conference in Arlington, Va. “The key is to build a framework that is repeatable and can be analyzed and refreshed every year as the world changes and we learn more about the technology and the capital.”

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