In the wake of the last half-century lay several ignominious Navy, and more broadly, Department of Defense acquisition programs that sought to transform contemporary warfighting platforms and paradigms. Although they attempted to meet largely unsubstantiated future threats, they neglected current short-term defense needs—a condition known in some circles as “next-war-itis.” These missteps have come at an unacceptable cost to the taxpayer and have tarnished the reputation of the defense-acquisition community.
Stop the Revolution
Introducing new design attributes into the acquisition process, no matter how inspired, have the troubling effect of making success less likely.
By Lieutenant Dave Cope, U.S. Navy