Innovation must not be lost in DoD efficiency push
The Department of Defense recently released its latest salvos in the battle to retain excellence through more efficient resource management. While changes to how DoD acquires goods and services are a crucial part of this effort, officials should also focus on ensuring that industry remains incentivized to produce what the department needs to successfully prosecute future missions. This may seem like an obvious task, but in practice it has proved vexing. DoD has frequently struggled with how to best tap innovative market forces, and the imperative for doing so is only becoming stronger. This is in part because tightening budgets will drive DoD to maximize its leverage in commercial investments.
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