By Peter Dombrowski, Eugene Gholz
In Buying army Transformation, Peter Dombrowski and Eugene Gholz study the U.S. military's ongoing attempt to capitalize on info expertise. New principles approximately army doctrine derived from comparisons to web Age company practices might be applied provided that the army buys technologically cutting edge guns structures. Buying army Transformation examines how political and armed forces leaders paintings with the protection to increase the small ships, unmanned aerial automobiles, complicated communications gear, and systems-of-systems integration that may permit the hot army format.
Dombrowski and Gholz's research integrates the political dating among the security and Congress, the bureaucratic dating among the companies and the army prone, and the technical functions of other forms of companies. Many govt officers and analysts think that in basic terms entrepreneurial start-up agencies or leaders in advertisement details know-how markets can produce the recent, network-oriented army gear. yet Dombrowski and Gholz locate that the prevailing safeguard can be most sensible in a position to lead military-technology improvement, even for gear modeled at the civilian web. The U.S. executive is already spending billions of bucks every year on its ''military transformation'' program-money that may be simply misdirected and wasted if policymakers spend it at the fallacious tasks or paintings with the inaccurate firms.
In addition to this sensible implication, Buying army Transformation bargains key classes for the idea of ''Revolutions in army Affairs.'' a sequence of army analysts have argued that significant social and financial alterations, just like the shift from the rural Age to the commercial Age, inherently strength similar alterations within the army. Buying army Transformation undermines this technologically determinist declare: advertisement innovation doesn't without delay ensure army innovation; as an alternative, political management and army firms select the trajectory of protection funding. Militaries should still put money into new know-how in accordance with strategic threats and armed forces leaders' expert judgments concerning the gear had to increase army effectiveness. advertisement technological development on its own doesn't generate an central for army transformation.
Clear, cogent, and interesting, Buying army Transformation is vital analyzing for reporters, legislators, policymakers, and scholars.
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Extra info for Buying Military Transformation: Technological Innovation and the Defense Industry
Customers are usually interested in the same things that drive suppliers’ decision-making: minimizing costs and maximizing proﬁts. Customers make the same sort of decisions about product development and marketing that their suppliers do. ”33 For the defense industry, however, the customers’ operational concerns depend on military concepts that are alien to most technological entrepreneurs and businessmen. While the normal relationship between an innovative supplier and a customer must combine shared understanding of technical needs and capabilities with shared understanding of value added and economic constraints, the defense market imposes the additional demand for the supplier to share the customers’ understanding of military operations.
13 In this chapter, we explain the challenges and opportunities for military innovation in the shipbuilding sector by considering the performance metrics associated with NCW-inspired ships, the relationship between the Navy and shipbuilding ﬁrms, and the politics of naval procurement.
Instead, we intend to extend the analysis of military innovation to the next step, implementation. Although Posen, Rosen, and Coté each offer a perspective on the source of creative ideas about how the military will ﬁght, none shows how doctrine is translated into demand pull for new military equipment. I M P L E M E N T I N G M I L I TA RY I N N OVAT I O N Our book contributes a new theory to explain the implementation of military innovation. It explains how the military can stimulate technological progress to fulﬁll the strategic, operational, and tactical promise of new doctrine.