Two recent studies have analyzed various aspects of the US defense acquisition system and DoD’s planning cycles. The Atlantic Council’s Commission on Defense Innovation has released an interim report with ten main recommendations, focused on accelerating DoD’s ability to adopt cutting-edge technology and deliver high-impact operational solutions to the warfighter. Key recommendations include strengthening the alignment of capital markets, establishing a bridge fund to move demonstrator technology into the field, and modernizing the requirement system.
Meanwhile, the DoD has conducted a contract finance study, its first deep dive into the topic since 1985. The report focuses on the need for better management of lower tiers of the supply chain within DoD. Critics have called for a more holistic approach, examining the defense industrial base across the board and addressing incentives for small businesses to enter the market and rewarding them for growth.