December 15, 2016

To Innovate, Hill and DoD Must Get Comfortable With Failure

Featuring Michèle Flournoy

Source: Defense News

Journalist Joe Gould

For the Pentagon to innovate, defense officials and lawmakers have to embrace failures that ultimately sharpen the military’s technological edge. 

Speaking at the unveiling of the Center for a New American Security’s latest defense technology report on Wednesday, CNAS chief Michèle Flournoy and Senate Armed Services Staff Director Christian Brose said it can be done. 

To be clear, the idea is not for a military culture that accepts high levels of risk and failure at an operational level, Flournoy said. Instead, the Pentagon could create a subculture of risk for certain activities, like developing and adapting new technologies or creating new concepts of operation.

Read the full article at Defense News.


  • Michèle Flournoy

    Chair, CNAS Board of Directors, Co-founder and Managing Partner, WestExec Advisors

    Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors, and former Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), w...