A new study from a Department of Defense task force highlights the need for the military to act more like commercial industry when it comes to buying software.
Specifically, DoD officials should abandon buying practices that date back as far as the 1970s and institute an iterative, agile approach to acquiring software, a new Defense Science Board report said.
Doing so means changing the culture at the Pentagon, where systemic problems in culture and internal processes – including an emphasis on detailed requirements and large-scale, completed systems – discourage contractors from employing more software-friendly buying practices in the military, according to the report.
It’s not a new issue.
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