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By Peter Dombrowski, Eugene Gholz

In Buying army Transformation, Peter Dombrowski and Eugene Gholz learn the us military's ongoing attempt to capitalize on details know-how. New principles approximately army doctrine derived from comparisons to net Age enterprise practices may be carried out provided that the army buys technologically leading edge guns platforms. Buying army Transformation examines how political and armed forces leaders paintings with the protection to advance the small ships, unmanned aerial automobiles, complex communications gear, and systems-of-systems integration that might allow the hot army format.

Dombrowski and Gholz's research integrates the political dating among the safety and Congress, the bureaucratic dating among the corporations and the army prone, and the technical features of alternative forms of companies. Many govt officers and analysts think that merely entrepreneurial start-up organisations or leaders in advertisement info expertise markets can produce the hot, network-oriented army apparatus. yet Dombrowski and Gholz locate that the prevailing safeguard can be top capable of lead military-technology improvement, even for gear modeled at the civilian net. The U.S. executive is already spending billions of greenbacks every year on its ''military transformation'' program-money that may be simply misdirected and wasted if policymakers spend it at the unsuitable tasks or paintings with the inaccurate firms.

In addition to this functional 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 fiscal adjustments, 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 verify army innovation; in its place, political management and army firms select the trajectory of security funding. Militaries may still put money into new know-how according to strategic threats and army leaders' specialist judgments in regards to the gear had to increase army effectiveness. advertisement technological development on its own doesn't generate an principal for army transformation.

Clear, cogent, and fascinating, Buying army Transformation is key analyzing for reporters, legislators, policymakers, and scholars.

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Moreover, those established firms with the political capital required to convince Congress to give them resources to develop the disruptive technology are the same firms whose strategic planning departments are likely to advise their lobbyists against spending political capital in pursuit of the disruptive projects. Disruptive innovations in the military environment require organizational adaptation to blend the relationship and political advantages of working with established prime contractors and the technical and business process advantages of working with startup firms.

Wear and tear and ships’ finite natural service lives guaranteed that the Navy would shrink without a procurement surge some thirty years after the Reagan buildup. S. S. 3 In the post–Cold War era, the great raison d’être for the Navy, meeting the Soviet naval challenge, evaporated. Efforts to devise new maritime strategies succeeded in justifying the existence of the Navy, but they failed in the sense that the new naval roles and missions did little to protect force structure. Even maintaining forward presence, the perennial justification for maintaining SMALL SHIPS 35 a large fleet, foundered, because it became clear that presence did not produce quantifiable much less auditable foreign or security policy benefits.

It explains how the military can stimulate technological progress to fulfill the strategic, operational, and tactical promise of new doctrine. Specifically, a scaled-down version of the innovative doctrine of network-centric warfare may work with existing platforms and networks. 53 New weapons and systems to implement transformation are on the drawing board. Many have already started through the Pentagon’s acquisition process, but few have passed out of the early design phases. BUYING TRANSFORMATION 15 How those projects are managed in the next few years will determine the extent to which military transformation is successfully implemented.

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