WASHINGTON, DC – In War on the Rocks, a consortium of defense industry experts, including Avascent’s Lorraine Hammer, outlined the dire straits in which the American defense industry currently finds itself in regards to innovation and talent, and made recommendations for the future.
If not managed properly, the United States could foreclose on sources of future technological advantage for the warfighter as companies exit the defense market.”
The article outlined three calls to action in order to address an already consolidated US defense market lacking an adequate influx of new talent to define the next generation of research and development. “First, DoD should cultivate a global supply network capable of fielding “best in breed” future capabilities derived from both government and commercial sector innovations.” Second, establish standardized, transparent performance metrics to identify and eliminate excess capacity across the entire industrial base. Third, examine the defense industry as millennial recruits see it: “a highly regulated, hierarchical environment that stifles autonomy and innovation, limited opportunities to advance on merit, and unattractive work environments.”
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