Thursday, September 8, 2011

Acquisition Lessons for Nerds

If you are a Star Wars nerd, which I will happily admit I was once upon a time... then the recently published article Don’t Come to the Dark Side, Acquisition Lessons from a Galaxy Far, Far Away (PDF) by Lt. Col. Dan Ward, USAF is for you.

Consider the implications of pop culture’s most notorious schedule overrun. In the Star Wars universe, robots are selfaware, every ship has its own gravity, Jedi Knights use the Force, tiny green Muppets are formidable warriors and a piece of junk like the Millennium Falcon can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. But even the florid imagination of George Lucas could not envision a project like the Death Star coming in on time, on budget. He knew it would take a Jedi mind trick beyond the skill of Master Yoda to make an audience suspend that much disbelief.
The Danger Room write up is fantastic too. Seriously, that is a remarkably interesting article that exploits pop culture smartly to explain acquisition problems in the DoD.

Well done sir.

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