As emerging capabilities are tracked and assessed, DoD’s design and acquisition methods are ill-suited to keep pace with accelerating shifts in technology, particularly software and information technology. Consequently, DoD finds itself behind the curve in software, leading to upward- spiraling information technology (IT) costs, obsolescent systems, and the loss of agility for commanders on the ground.
In the private sector, changes in design methodologies for software development are enabling enormous gains in productivity and efficiency. Individuals and companies are able to leverage open technology platforms to rapidly deploy new solutions and capabilities to improve their competitive advantage. These open technology platforms may be open source or proprietary software applications with open standards and published interfaces that allow the rapid development of new capabilities by third parties without coordination agreements.