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.