BRIDGING THE GAP:Improving DoD Innovation Programs to Enhance the Adoption of Innovative Technology Throughout the Armed Services
MetadataShow full item record
For over 60 years, Department of Defense (DoD)ﾖbacked innovation programs have played an outsized role in the narrative surrounding military innovation. While these programs provide valuable benefits, this paper specifically evaluates their effectiveness as a means of enhancing the adoption of innovative new technology throughout the armed forces. To assess how companies that participated in DoD-backed innovation programs performed in the defense sector subsequent to program completion, we compiled a data set of more than 1.29 million defense contract awards over seven years and analyzed the distribution of these awards across a data set of more than 8,000 DoD-backed innovation program award recipients. The results demonstrated that nearly half of participants achieved no meaningful growth in their defense business after program participation; and the small, innovative companies that did successfully bridge program participation into additional DoD business rarely contracted with customers outside of their initial branch sponsor. Through surveys and interviews of key stakeholders, we identified several causes for the low rate of adoption of participants' technology across the armed forces, and we present concrete recommendations for how the Department can address these problems to better leverage DoD-backed innovation programs as a means of enhancing force readiness.
NPS Report NumberSYM-AM-18-135
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Bridging the Gap: Improving DoD-Backed Innovation Programs to Enhance the Adoption of Innovative Technology Throughout the Armed Services Bresler, Amanda (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2018-04-30); SYM-AM-18-056For over 60 years, Department of Defense (DoD)ﾖbacked innovation programs have played an outsized role in the narrative surrounding military innovation. While these programs provide valuable benefits, this paper specifically ...
New Directions For Defense, A Big Ideas Special Event: Innovation Leadership is a Craft, with Peter Denning and Col. Todd Lyons [video] Naval Postgraduate School; Denning, Peter J.; Lyons, Todd (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2016-12);The Department of Defense and military services have all expressed grave concern over our ability to lead military innovations in the face of increasingly innovative adversaries. Innovativeness will come from individual ...
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS: A CASE STUDY OF INNOVATION AND CHANGE USING A SYSTEM DYNAMICS PERSPECTIVE Bolz, Rebecca (Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School, 2018-06);The Department of Defense lacks case studies that investigate and detail the innovation and adoption of information technology systems. This qualitative study develops a case study to explore the factors that contributed ...