Defense industry CEOs have been up in arms over proposed new rules that would give the Pentagon more control over companies’ internal research spending.

The Defense Department’s top weapons buyer Frank Kendall said the Pentagon should have greater visibility into research and development projects that contractors charge to the government. One way to do that, according to the proposed rule, would be to require companies to enlist a “technical sponsor” from the Defense Department before they start any R&D project. Contractors also would have to provide a written report of the project’s results, annually if the project spans multiple years.

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