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Five Eyes acquisition struggles with private sector innovation

13th September 2018 - 17:49 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in London


Members of the Five Eyes alliance have in recent years attempted wholesale reform of their acquisition processes to speed up the fielding of new capabilities. However, industry is still seeing a sharp difference when it comes to meeting technological progress coming from the private sector.

Innovation is now largely being driven by the private sector, with a significant amount of military electronics equipment – such as radios or radars – utilising off-the-shelf componentry that can be found in everyday items such as our mobile phones.

The military can no longer afford to develop highly bespoke equipment, both in terms of

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Grant Turnbull


Grant Turnbull

Grant Turnbull was the editor of Land Warfare International and Digital Battlespace magazines with Shephard …

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