DefenseOne: Shake Off the Pentagon's Industrial-Age Bureaucracy

May 12, 2021

The greatest threat to America’s ability to win conflicts is its own defense bureaucracy. Archaic executive- and legislative-branch processes hinder the military’s ability to adapt to a dynamic array of threats powered largely by readily available commercial technologies in cyber, artificial intelligence, autonomy, hypersonics, and space.

If the Defense Department is to remain effective in this dynamic new Digital Age, it must shake off the remnants of its Industrial Age past, write MITRE’s Dan Ward, Matt MacGregor, and Pete Modigliani in an op-ed in DefenseOne.

They offer five disciplines and five initiatives can help the U.S. military better adapt to 21st-century threats, based upon their Five by Five technical paper.

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