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U.S.-Israel Operations Technology Working Group (OTWG)

On November 1, 2021, the Department of Defense established the U.S.-Israel Operations Technology Working Group (OTWG) to strengthen defense, science, and tech cooperation between the department and Israel’s Ministry of Defense to address mission challenges. The creation of the OTWG was authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. The law called for evaluating and sharing “options to develop and acquire intelligence-informed military requirements that directly support warfighting capabilities of both the Department of Defense and the Ministry of Defense of Israel.” The OTWG was then expected to establish “plans to research, develop, procure, and field weapon systems and military capabilities as quickly and economically as possible to meet common capability requirements.”

Sources: Bradley Bowman, “U.S.-Israel Operations-Technology Working Group Authorization Provides Opportunity for Biden Administration,” Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, (January 8, 2021).
@DoDCTO, (November 2, 2021).