Has DOD transformed enough?

June 1, 2007

The Defense Department has had a great deal to be proud of: superior technology in the hands of unmatched leadership and training. No military has possessed a more transformed force. So why are we in such trouble today?

Why is there such a constant stream of criticism of the department and its leadership? Did the political gains of the last election drive the negative backlash? Is the threat environment too challenging and the enemy an even match for our forces? Perhaps the Defense Department has not transformed enough?


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The broken acquisition and certification process is the biggest reason for the lag in deploying desperately needed technologies to the battlefield. While beaurocrats haggle over who has dominion over specific technology areas such as encryption, biometrics, ip transport, etc. soldiers die in the field waiting for solutions to be delivered. It's shameful that we're still allowing political territorialism to hinder our ability to make rapid transformation progress. What's lacking is real leadership and vision - from the very top down.

One could argue that the U.S. military has transformed successfullybut to confront peer armies, not insurgencies and terrorism. An acquisition process structured for the former is not the one for the latter. Reminds me of the Tortoise and the Hare.
The answer may not be retool the Tortoise to run faster, but to buy a Hare: a separate army o maeet this new mission with a supporting acquisition process modeled upon the Special Forces Command.