Defense Acquisition. Volume 47, Number 5, September-October 2018
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Defense AT and L Ft. Belvoir United States
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AT ANY CONFERENCE OR FORUM ON DEFENSE acquisition in the last few years, you would have heard one word repeated almost relentlessly Agile. Search the Web and youll find a number of articles and briefing charts highlighting the challenges of adopting Agile principles in the context of a weapon system. Typically, the discussion centers on shifting away from the waterfall approach, addressing systems engineering, and getting through various certification and testing authorities. Let me share my experience in successfully applying Agile values and principles to the acquisition program of the Special Operations Command SOCOM MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicle UAV without dictating a particular software development methodology.
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