Great article by Smart Defense champion Lt Col Dan Ward, USAF. To date, rapid acquisition has been treated as a ‘hack’ that operates outside of the conventional DoD acquisition system to deliver life-saving capabilities to the edge. Smart Defense means that the efficiencies of rapid acquisition must be institutionalized and become the rule – not just the work-around.
Smart Defense means knowing where money is spent and measuring return on investment.
A great article from Smart Defense friend Dan Ward. Warfighters want field expedient solutions, and technologists want to deliver them. So, what’s the problem? We think it has something to do with requirements – the translation of warfighter needs into development objectives.
Want Smart Defense? Focus on fixing the piece that connects developers to their end-users: requirements.
Smart Defense means changing how we equip personnel on the front lines to get them what they need cheaper and faster. JIEDDO is leading the way in this regard. But moving “rapid acquisition” from a reactive to a deliberate practice requires that JIEDDO develop a corporate memory based on lessons learned.