Alan Shaffer, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

Tuesday - 5/13/2014, 5:10pm EDT

Alan Shaffer, right, acting assistant Defense secretary for research and engineering, joined Francis Rose in the Executive Suite

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The Department of Defense is asking contractors to innovate in helping the agency deal with its budget problems. The Pentagon says innovation is important for a lot of reasons. Alan Shaffer, acting assistant secretary of Defense for research and engineering, says DoD's innovation shortfall today is several decades in the making. He joins In Depth with Francis Rose on Executive Suite.