Insight | December 31, 2014

Setting Up for Innovative Success

Setting Up for Innovative Success

Originally published on the Atlantic Council’s Defense Industrialist blog.

By Alex Haber and Jeff Jeffress

In just under 60 pages, the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review uses some form of the word innovation 33 times. That’s more than you’ll find the terms soldier, Air Force, coordination, direction, and policy—combined. Colleagues across defense agree that innovation is invaluable to security. However, many attempts to innovate still fall short. In order for innovative ventures to have the best chance at success, and for the notion of innovation to stay fresh, the Defense Department’s focus must turn to how and where innovation should occur.

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Alex Haber is a business analyst in the national security practice at Censeo Consulting Group. Jeff Jeffress is a managing director and head of the national security practice at Censeo Consulting Group.