Home / Acquisition & Procurement / Thermopylae Sciences’ AJ Clark Calls for Cultural Shift in Defense Industry’s IT Acquisitions

Thermopylae Sciences’ AJ Clark Calls for Cultural Shift in Defense Industry’s IT Acquisitions

A.J. Clark
A.J. Clark

A.J. Clark, president of Thermopylae Sciences and Technology, believes that a cultural shift is needed in the defense industry to update its acquisition process for information technologies and stimulate government IT development.

“An acquisition process designed for large and unique weapon systems is becoming harder and harder to apply to technologies in the information age,” Clark wrote in an opinion piece published May 22 on FCW.

“Where once [the Defense Department‘s] need drove IT development, which then spun off to commercial use, now we in the software industry build our products as commercial technology.”

Clark says that the shift should move toward supporting a shorter, agile acquisition cycle by enabling vendors to anticipate government needs.

He notes that the National Defense Industrial Association’s “Pathway to Transformation” report has earlier addressed this need for cultural change as different defense acquisition programs have different requirements.

Check Also

DARPA Launches Program Seeking High Performance Computing for Military Simulators

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency launched a new program to improve how virtual training environments replicate real-world interactions and host more complex systems. DARPA unveiled Monday that the Digital RF Battlespace Emulator program intends to build a new breed of High Performance Computing capable of supporting advanced radio frequency for simulators. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *