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How Changing the Requirements Process Could Boost Innovation

By Tobias Naegele

January 17, 2017

The Pentagon and other government agencies spent much of the past two years experimenting with rapid-acquisition strategies designed to speed up technology insertion by shortening the requirements process, streamlining proposals and accelerating decisions.

The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) and a host of other rapid-acquisition, innovation and development offices across the department employ prototyping, iterative development and mostly small and non-traditional defense suppliers, to cut the time it takes to develop and deploy new capabilities.

Now, as a new administration arrives in Washington questioning high-priced defense programs and hoping to enforce a new brand of business-minded management, the question is whether this approach can accommodate both large-scale contracts and enterprise technology programs.

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