James Geurts: SOCOM Acquisition Officials Should Promote Innovation, ‘Own Change’

James Geurts
James Geurts

James Geurts, U.S. Special Operations Command acquisition chief, has said acquisition officials at SOCOM should be more adaptable to change and promote innovation in order to respond to the needs of a “globally deployed” Special Operations Force, Defense News reported Wednesday.

“I don’t want to be surprised by change, I want to own change,” Geurts said at the Atlantic Council’s Defense-Industrial Policy Series.

Andrew Clevenger writes Geurts urged acquisition executives at SOCOM to develop business models that can quickly adapt and meet the future requirements of forces months ahead of their deployment.

Geurts also cited the need for SOCOM to hire innovators who could help address the challenges the command currently faces.

He said he believes the “crisis” of acquisition falls on the ability to attract talent.


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