Defense News posted an interesting video on its website recently about improving DoD acquisition of C4ISR systems. In the clip, Defense News host Vago Muradian spoke with Greg Wenzel of Booz Allen Hamilton, the lead author of a new report on the topic.
The video discusses the ways in which many elements of large, complex programs have been delegated to the private sector over the past 20 years. In making this shift, DoD officials hoped that the private sector would be more nimble in working with new technology and costs would be controlled. Costs have instead risen, for a number of reasons.
Wenzel explains that a way to improve matters would be for government to be more responsible for clearly setting requirements, and being more involved in the development process.
For convenience, here are some suggested time stamps:
1:30— Discussion on how buying first and then integrating systems later creates confusion and expense.
3:40— The defense acquisition process would be improved by taking an enterprise approach, addressing DoD-wide requirements rather than those of each service. Such a practice would have a big impact on C4ISR missions.
5:40— DoD needs to address the need for culture change, so that not as many people in the acquisition process seek to control the outcome.
Closer collaboration between the government customer and industry is something we believe in strongly at IGC. We are encouraged that more research continues to surface quantifying the benefits of a closer partnership.
See the full video below: