Applying Rapid Acquisition Policy Lessons for Defense Innovation
Journal Article - Open Access
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA
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With the Department of Defenses DOD recent focus on importing Silicon Valley-style innovation practices to its acquisition process, it is important to assess an organizations ability to effectively merge new concepts and practices with the existing acquisition system. This article examines applicable lessons from the DODs rapid acquisition practices during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, which functioned counter to many conventional acquisition processes. This research finds that DOD can incorporate innovation practices by dispersing organizations focused on new capabilities development across the agency to avoid direct competition with the existing acquisition system, allowing them to refocus and adapt often, and by ensuring senior leader championship of these efforts.
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