DOD Weapons Systems Acquisition:A Cyber Disconnect
Technical Report,14 Dec 2011,14 Dec 2011
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE United States
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The existing DoD acquisition process is too laborious and too cumbersome to meet the dynamics of evolving technology - technology which continuously drives the need for timely weapons systems deliveries, modifications and upgrades. Further, the nature by which military operations are conducted is constantly evolving. With the recent shift from conventional force-on-force operations to asymmetric tactics, the demand for information superiority from both state and non-state actors has become increasingly widespread. Within this new paradigm, cyber has emerged as a developing battle-space, equivalent to those of air, land, sea, and space rendering it limitless in terms of both global opportunity and global vulnerability. Perhaps most important to consider is that within cyberspace, we are always behind the power curve, constantly chasing advancing software complexity and progressing adversary tactics and techniques for employing and defending against attacks.