Buying Military Transformation: Technological Innovation and by Peter Dombrowski, Eugene Gholz

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By Peter Dombrowski, Eugene Gholz

In Buying army Transformation, Peter Dombrowski and Eugene Gholz research the U.S. military's ongoing attempt to capitalize on info know-how. New rules approximately army doctrine derived from comparisons to net Age enterprise practices might be carried out provided that the army buys technologically cutting edge guns platforms. Buying army Transformation examines how political and army leaders paintings with the security to advance the small ships, unmanned aerial cars, complicated communications apparatus, and systems-of-systems integration that may let the hot army format.

Dombrowski and Gholz's research integrates the political dating among the security and Congress, the bureaucratic courting among the companies and the army providers, and the technical functions of other different types of companies. Many executive officers and analysts think that purely entrepreneurial start-up corporations or leaders in advertisement details know-how markets can produce the recent, network-oriented army apparatus. yet Dombrowski and Gholz locate that the prevailing safety can be top capable of lead military-technology improvement, even for apparatus modeled at the civilian net. The U.S. executive is already spending billions of bucks every year on its ''military transformation'' program-money which may be simply misdirected and wasted if policymakers spend it at the incorrect tasks or paintings with the incorrect firms.

In addition to this useful implication, Buying army Transformation bargains key classes for the idea of ''Revolutions in army Affairs.'' a chain of army analysts have argued that significant social and monetary adjustments, just like the shift from the rural Age to the economic Age, inherently strength similar alterations within the army. Buying army Transformation undermines this technologically determinist declare: advertisement innovation doesn't without delay be certain army innovation; in its place, political management and armed forces corporations pick out the trajectory of protection funding. Militaries may still put money into new expertise in keeping with strategic threats and armed forces leaders' specialist judgments in regards to the apparatus had to enhance 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 studying for newshounds, legislators, policymakers, and scholars.

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It is the job of the Navy and the Marine Corps to enable and ensure access for follow-on forces from the Air Force and the Army—the heavier forces necessary to fight and win major regional contingencies. The Navy accomplishes this through the combat capabilities inherent in its ships on station at sea during peacetime. ”40 The two naval components of the original NCW vision, however, have direct analogs in subsequent joint and service interpretations of network-centric warfare. Air Force transformation plans highlight the development of expeditionary forces able to operate from austere bases and strike from vast distances with stealthy aircraft like the B-2 and F-22.

Third, we chose to study the suppliers of new communications and information technologies, the military version of the industry that stimulated the entire idea of network-centric warfare. Visionaries expect major innovation in military communications—that is, the development of a true network—so we naturally chose to study business–government relations in the military communications sector. In the concluding section of the book, specifically chapter 6, we introduce what amounts to a fourth case, systems integration (SI).

Most of the money comes in the form of R&D contracts: the government pays the industry to work on developing specific weapons systems IMPLEMENTING MILITARY INNOVATION 21 or equipment. 18 When firms are spending the government’s money rather than their own, the profit motive does not provide the traditional incentive to innovate. Nor would the profit motive stimulate much military innovation through a second, smaller stream of defense technology investment, the “independent research and development” (IR&D) account.

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