The former chief of the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force suggests parallel tracks for innovation and execution.
There is an insurgency inside the Defense Department and the intelligence agencies, carried on by passionate, dedicated innovators who survive by skirting the bureaucracies that would grind them down. The good news is that this insurgency of “defense entrepreneurs” is growing, keeping alive America’s hopes for continued military technological superiority. The bad news is that is it doomed to fail — unless we can find a way to harness its work and its spirit within the greater defense establishment.
We must first recognize that our defense and intelligence agencies were built to efficiently and constantly apply resources to ensure the security of our country. The systems that make this possible are not capable of sustaining an innovation ecosystem – nor should they be expected to.