The Red Queen Problem – Innovation in the DoD and Intelligence Community

Steve Blank

We used these tools to keep pace with the Soviet threats and eventually used silicon, semiconductors and stealth to create an offset strategy to leapfrog their military. In the 21st century you need a scorecard to keep track of the threats: Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, ISIS in Yemen/Libya/Philippines, Taliban, Al-Qaeda, hackers for hire, etc. The problem is they don’t know how to be innovative in peacetime when innovation succumbs to the daily demands of execution.

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