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Making T-Rex Run: Can SOCOM’s Geurts Speed Up Navy Shipbuilding? | Breaking Defense
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Making T-Rex Run: Can SOCOM’s Geurts Speed Up Navy Shipbuilding? | Breaking Defense

“My fear is we are a T-Rex….at the top of the food chain, right up until the day we’re extinct,” James “Hondo” Geurts once said of the US military. As acquisitions chief at Special Operations Command, Geurts has won acclaim and awards for rapid, affordable innovation, from modified Hellfire missiles to high-tech body armor and laser weapons. No less a legend of acquisition reform than former Defense Secretary Bill Perry held up his work as a model for the rest of the armed forces.

On Friday, the Trump administration nominated Geurts to run acquisitions for the entire Navy Department, which runs some of the biggest and slowest programs in the entire military.

The open question: Can Hondo bottle the lightning from SOCOM and apply it to shipbuilding?

Source: Making T-Rex Run: Can SOCOM’s Geurts Speed Up Navy Shipbuilding? | Breaking Defense