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If You Want More Defense Innovation, Spend Less on Legacy Platforms : War on the Rocks , August 20, , 2018

August 20, 2018

War on the Rocks

From the article: “An important effort, led by the Senate Armed Services Committee, to address an alarming shortfall in defense research and development investment by changing the “acquisition system’s ‘rules of the game’” is bound to fail. Why? Because a resource problem can’t be solved by changing organizations and processes. If the Department of Defense is spending too much money on legacy weapon systems and too-big-to-fail successors to those systems, the answer is not to change processes. The answer is to buy different things. The shortfall in defense innovation is not a problem of organization and process, it is a problem of resource allocation — and it won’t be solved without making new and different resource choices.”

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