The email was most unexpected.
In the midst of what had been a series of substantive discussions with a Defense Department command about the potential application of a new capability that might help address one of the command’s most pressing concerns, a command attorney effectively directed that the conversations cease. Because no “requirement” exists for the capability being discussed, he said, the conversations had to end.
Of course there is no “requirement” in place; they had only recently become aware of the technology. Our conversations were about whether and how it might be applicable. In other words, one can’t have a requirement for something one doesn’t even know about.
And let’s not even get started on why an attorney even stepped in. One would think the relevant program office could decide when and if their time was being wasted.
As I’ve relayed this story to friends and colleagues in both government and industry, it became clear that it is far from uncommon.
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