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WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is building a new office focused on acquiring 5G technology from commercial tech firms, a top official said today, a fresh admission from the military that it is struggling to keep up with the rapid-fire advances in communications technology industry.   

Mike Griffin, undersecretary for research and engineering, said the Pentagon is “struggling to become the flea on the tail of the telecoms’ dog,” while acknowledging that tech “development won’t be led by DoD. We will be looking to be good customers” to commercial industry. The best the Pentagon can do is “enable” new technological development while picking spots where it can be a customer, he told an audience at the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank.

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