Pentagon: Buy Commercial Already

February 2022
Topics: Acquisition Management, Strategic Planning, Technological Innovations, Military Programs, Defense Systems, Defense Industry
Peter J. Modigliani, The MITRE Corporation
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With the rapidly evolving mission space and the accelerated pace of technological change, the traditional years-long timeline of the DoD timeline to field a system to meet a major capability need erodes our competitive advantage to the determent of our national security. This paper uses General Atomics new Mojave drone aircraft as an example of a mature commercial system that would be valuable to priority Combatant Commander needs. It navigates the challenges and strategies to acquire a weapon system through DoD’s requirements, acquisition, contracting, budget, and fielding processes. If efforts to acquire systems such as Mojave prove successful, they could represent a novel approach to acquiring and delivering major weapon systems.

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