BLUFThe military's tech adoption is outdated and slow compared to the private sector. Improvement actions required: empower program executive officers, enhance financial reporting, and monitor demand.
Clementine G. Starling and Stephen Rodriguez writing in Defense News, make the following points:
- The recommendations come from the Atlantic Council's Commission on Defense Innovation Adoption Interim Report.
- Some steps have already been taken by creating the Defense Innovation Unit and the Office of Strategic Capital.
- The U.S. does not have an innovation problem but an innovation adoption problem.
- The Pentagon is restricted by lengthy budget cycles and bureaucratic hurdles.
- A lack of consistency around requirements crushes startups seeking to work with the military.
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