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Does DOD even address the primary concerns?

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

The ability of an adversary to launch satellites, make nuclear weapons and develop technology that can defeat our financially glutinous system is no longer rocket science. The pace of change in today’s competitive environment leaves little room for error, and it demands a continual process of reinvention of both the organization and the organization’s products.
 
But the United States suffers from “affluenza,” a Western disease in which arrogance trumps reality. Given current failures in defense acquisition, the high cost of complex systems and the time it takes to field such systems, does U.S. defense leadership wistfully hope that simple “reforms” will fix its issues? Does the Defense Department even address the right primary concerns? Does it have the proper strategy? Has it addressed what it will take to execute its initiatives successfully?


Comments

Once again Greg's article is full of thoughts telling us what's wrong with the military complex but has no real proposed solutions. Come on Greg - it's easy to complain about the food coming out of the kitchen - how about proposing a new recipe or two?

By Paul R.

Seems DoD would rather be in control than be right! If we are going to reactive to threats then speed of response is imperative. If we are going to be proactive then risk of failure to innovate has to have more tolerance. Seems the FAR and DoD 5000 series Instructions allow for neither. Reforming Defense Acquisition is an old saw that regularly does more for political sound bites than real change. Perhaps loser interpretations of the roles would be a good start on the it easeri to ask for forgiveness than persmission logic. joemaz

By joemaz