‘Throw A Frag Grenade’ Into Acquisition Or ‘Do No Harm:’ Navy Struggles With Innovation « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

NATIONAL HARBOR: It’s easy to call for innovation. It’s hard to do. At this week’s Sea-Air-Space conference here, just 10 miles down the Potomac from the Pentagon, admirals and junior officers alike wrestled with the right balance between speed and safety, between it taking hours to 3-D print a new design and many months to certify it, between the dueling imperatives of Moore’s Law and “first do no harm.”

“There’s 85 percent that probably needs to be done the way we’re doing it; 15 percent that needs to move with that speed,” said Vice Adm. William Hilarides, chief of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), after an audience member urged him to “throw a frag grenade” into the current procurement system. “We definitely need a system where innovation can play inside that.”

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I think most of the ills of the acquisition system are at the DoD level, personally.

Having said that, the Navy hasn’t exactly covered itself in glory in its shipbuilding over the last 10 or 15 years.

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  1. After the current system, where anyone touching it has to go through a silly training program that includes coursework in Accounting and such, things have bogged down seriously (I can’t remember the name of the program, but even Engineers that are responsible for maintenance of base infrastructure are required to go through it). I’d give the people that thought up that mess the Kim treatment, except I’d let ’em sit on a 5000lb bomb, then nuke ’em from orbit just to be sure. USAF is the worst in the bunch for that nonsense.

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