Since May 2016, DIUx has completed 21 contracts using other transaction (OT) authority and the average time is 78 days, Shah said at the New America Foundation Future of War summit in Washington.
The mission of DIUx, he said, “is to do agile culture change.…We are never going to be the acquisition arm of the Department of Defense, we’re not the R&D arm of the department.”
DIUx has so far comprised $42 million in program funding, which Shah characterized as a “rounding error of a rounding error” of the DOD budget.
Hey, they’re trying over there in the government. It ain’t easy. I’ve meet with some of the folks there and they sure seem genuine about fixing things up and curious to work closer with the civilian IT world.
When I meet with military people they use the word “agile” over and over: meaning, they’re incredibly interested in modernizing. It’s just the tiny matter of figuring out how to get from here to there.