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How to Get Startups in on the Military-Industrial Complex

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The Future Can’t Be Stopped

Globalization and commercialization aren’t going anywhere but forward. Absent change, the outdated defense acquisition system risks becoming even further displaced from commercial norms, as does the defense industrial base that operates within it.

Despite a storied history of game-changing innovations in the post-World War II era, weapons system cost overruns, schedule delays, and embarrassing failures to deliver promised capabilities continue to plague the Pentagon. Just as troubling, the Information Age has ushered in another dangerous defense acquisitions phenomenon: the delivery of capabilities to the field that have already been eclipsed by faster-moving commercial technologies. This cycle must be broken lest we end up countering tomorrow’s threat with yesterday’s technology. Breaking down barriers to entry for emerging technology companies won’t be easy, but it’s the best place to start.

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