In this lively episode the Strategic Institute team talks about Other Transactions (OT) education. More specifically the lack thereof and how this tantamount to shooting oneself in the foot!
It has been almost FIVE YEARS since Congress mandated that the DoD develop a ‘preference’ for using OTs for R&D and prototype projects. At the same time in 2018 they mandated that program, technical, and contracting personnel also receive training and education. Though OTs are counter-cultural and antithetical (a different world) to business as usual, not much more than a two hour webinar or lunch-and-learn can be found; hardly opportunities to develop robust understanding. Some OT knowledge has been gained by some, but conceptual and practical understanding remains poor. The responsibility is squarely on leadership, but they have a limited appreciation or understanding of the power and potential of OTs. Simply put, OT education is not being supported in a meaningful way, but folks seem to expect a lot from these contracting authorities that practically nobody has been trained to use and far fewer understand. Let’s call it what it is, irresponsible. There is a lot of ‘putting the cart before the horse’ in the DOD and this is shining example of the DoD making things more difficult than need be. Education precedes innovation, and the most needed innovation is how the DoD approaches and conducts business to better serve the warfighter, taxpayer, national security, and enhance the industrial-base, and deliver better solutions.