November 17, 2016

DIUX and RCO could get lost in transition

By Ben FitzGerald

Source: FCW

Journalist(s) Sean Carberry

Senior defense officials have said in recent weeks that new programs like the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental and the Rapid Capabilities Office are too mature to be rolled back by a new administration, but others warn that those programs could fade away without renewed commitment from President-elect Donald Trump.

The Center for a New American Security is preparing a report due in mid-December that argues the next administration must take concrete steps to preserve DIUX and other programs. But the report will further argue that the Defense Department needs to develop a new, normalized acquisition track to focus on adapting commercial technology for military use.

Ben FitzGerald, a senior fellow and director of the Technology and National Security Program at CNAS, told FCW that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's approach to change at DOD was to adapt around the existing system and try to create reform momentum through DIUX and other initiatives.

Read the full article at FCW.

  • Ben FitzGerald

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program

    Ben FitzGerald was a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at CNAS. In this capacity, Mr. FitzGerald led CNAS efforts to explore...