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Getting the Capabilities Right

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By Alexander R. Slate & Maj Charles O’Connor, USAF

Time after time, we try to develop what we think is the next evolutionary leap forward in systems and end up with a product that is a rather slight improvement and not the game changer we expected. Even more alarming, we sometimes lose sight of the real need in chasing the item itself. The examples provided are chemical and biological protection systems, but the concept is applicable across defense acquisition. Sometimes we need to step back and take a second or third look at program assumptions and figure out whether we think what we are doing makes sense in a context larger than the program itself. Continue reading