THE PENTAGON’S PROBLEM WITH NEW TECH: A new report published by Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology slams the military’s current approach to engaging with small technology companies as akin to “innovation tourism.”
The report from MELISSA FLAGG and JACK CORRIGAN describes the Defense Department’s push to usher more private sector innovation into the Pentagon. Those efforts, they write, “have not driven innovative capabilities into the major systems and platforms that make up the bulk of the military’s force structure.”
The Pentagon’s various innovation offices aren’t to blame, the authors conclude. Instead, the problem stems from “a failure of the department’s leadership to integrate them into the broader DOD acquisition ecosystem. … [U]nder the DOD’s current organizational structure, defense innovation is disconnected from defense procurement.”
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