Go-fast defense acquisition strategies can create risks that commercial technologies can counter

GM Defense’s Infantry Squad Vehicle features 90 percent Commercial-Off-The-Shelf parts. Photo courtesy of GM Defense.

In this Q&A with Steve duMont, GM Defense president, he discusses why and how the acquisition process could change to realize the benefits of commercial technologies, how to address concerns around intellectual property, and GM Defense’s plans in areas like electrification and autonomous systems.

Q: Congress granted the US Department of Defense new and more flexible acquisition tools to enable faster delivery of enhanced capabilities to the warfighter. Are the tools working as intended?

GM Defense President Steve duMont. Photo courtesy of GM Defense.