This is a very interesting article. We see a number of parallels between the technological health of nations and that of industries. How do think defense would fare in a side-by-side comparison with other industries?
Following are some interesting excerpts:
Science fiction author William Gibson’s famous quip that the future is already here but unevenly distributed is the quintessential encapsulation of the fact that we differ in our stages of Technik.
However, the U.S. share of global R&D, like global GDP, has fallen to around 20%, and since not enough of those funds are devoted to commercialization initiatives, the United States sometimes has to buy things it invented a decade ago from competitors abroad.
This phenomena should sound familiar to defense insiders… How many promising technologies spawned from the previous decade of conflict have actually traversed the gap to formal DoD program of record? How long did it take DoD to internalize Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) first successfully demonstrated in Vietnam into the permanent force structure?
Innovation without productization, commercialization, and transition is just an interesting aside. Unfortunately, we can count on having to reinvent many of the same military technologies that so impacted the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq down the road.
The Fight To Harness Emerging Technologies To Improve The World | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation.
Interesting article that underscores the broader trend of the commercial origins of modern mil tech.
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Technology evolves so rapidly that DoD has trouble keeping up. Here’s an idea: what if DoD and the defense industry were to engage veterans with recent combat experience to form a corps of technology beta testers who, on a volunteer basis, could rate the efficacy of technologies against a a broad spectrum of DoD mission needs?
Sounds like a no-brainer to us…
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We like this idea. Now imagine extending it to the defense market: connecting product innovations with warfighter beta testers.
Smart Defense means ending the stranglehold that the defense acquisition bureaucracy has on the flow of innovations to the warfighter.
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Disintermediation is the future of innovation. The embedded video does a brilliant job of describing this phenomena relative to promoting innovation under conditions of austerity. DoD should take note…
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There is something the government can do to help alleviate the strains on small businesses, short of fixing our broken political system. The U.S. government should broaden its accelerated payments initiative so that it includes subcontractors.
The shame of it is, we wouldn’t expect the large defense contractors to sit on the sidelines and let such common sense legislation pass…
Commentary: The Way Out for Struggling Small ISR Companies | Defense News | defensenews.com.
Some lessons for “smarter” development of defense products:
As Carlos Teixeira, an assistant professor at the School of Design Strategies at Parsons, told us, “Good enough is a trade-off, but with good design, the user experience doesn’t feel compromised.” Good enough design, he said, requires going beyond consumption and production to having a deep understanding of the ecosystem…
Good-enough products deliver higher value because they are designed to do one thing exceptionally well (functional specialization), rather than handling multiple things in a mediocre fashion, which can leave users frustrated and confused.
Relative to the second point, many (most?) recent failed military weapon system programs can trace their downfall to requirements run amok. A diverse and rapidly changing threat environment diminishes the effective useful life of mil tech. And it demands specialization.
Why Good Enough Is Better: Lessons In Simplicity From Emerging Markets | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation.
Social media isn’t just for dating and connecting with old high school friends – it’s an increasingly important business and innovation tool. DoD policies designed to limit access to social media must be tempered to preserve the legitimate benefits of this form of collaborative engagement.
Pentagon expected to ban .mil addresses from being used on commercial social media sites — Government Computer News.