Build Droids, Not Death Stars: Pentagon Contract Official

Law360, New York (September 8, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT) -- As the U.S. Department of Defense moves forward with efforts to overhaul its acquisition policy, an official in the Air Force’s contracting unit says the Pentagon should look for lessons in a galaxy far, far away.

Lt. Col. Dan Ward writes in the fall issue of the DOD’s acquisition journal that the "Star Wars" movies offer valuable insights about defense procurement, and argues that the Pentagon should avoid “Death Stars” — projects that, like the films’ planet-destroying space stations, are so complex that they’re bound for...
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